A directory service maps the names of network resources to their respective network addresses. Each resource on the network is considered an object on the directory server. Information about a particular resource is stored as attributes (elements available for review) of that object. Information within objects can be made secure so that only users with the available permissions are able to access it. More sophisticated directories are designed with namespaces as Subscribers, Services, Devices, Entitlements, Preferences, Content and so on. The directory service we specialize in is Active Directory, the true heart of the Windows enterprise (and quite a few hybrid enterprises). Its proper functioning is critical to the network and the many applications relying on it. It manages the identities and brokers the relationships between distributed resources so that they can work together. When Active Directory is under performing or compromised, access to all associated resources is compromised as well.
Examples of Directory Related Services:
Active Directory Certificate Services – discover how Active Directory Certificate Services allows you to create, distribute, and manage customized public key certificates.
Active Directory Domain Services – learn about how Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) stores directory data and manages communication between users and domains, including user logon processes, authentication, and directory searches. And further how it is a place to store information about corporate and organizational assets such as applications, files, printers and users.
Active Directory Federation Services – discover how Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) provides Web single-sign-on (SSO) technologies to authenticate a user to multiple Web applications over the life of a single online session.
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services – learn about the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), which is a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory service that provides flexible support for directory-enabled applications, without the restrictions of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
Active Directory Rights Management Services – find out how Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) protects your information and works with AD RMS-enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use.
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager – find out how Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 delivers self-service identity management for users, automates lifecycle management across heterogeneous platforms for administrators, and provides a rich policy framework for enforcing corporate security policies.
How Managed Solution Can Help:
Managed Solution designs more secure, identity-based access to applications both on-premises and in the cloud from virtually any location or device. We implement a design that enables the use of a single identity for users regardless of the organization as well as on partners’ networks, and provides seamless, always-on connectivity.
Our solution helps enterprises reduce ongoing security costs by enabling them to centrally manage identity and simultaneously empower users to resolve identity and password issues without IT assistance. We accomplish this through Active Directory that transforms claims, other tokens, manages user access, enables federation, and access management for a simplified single sign-on.
Identity and Access Management combines processes, technologies, and policies to manage digital identities and specify how they are used to access resources. Achieve solid business results in heterogeneous IT environments while concentrating on the key issues of total cost of ownership (TCO), security, and the growing need for information access beyond organizational boundaries. This provides solutions that balance the need for short-term business results with a long-term security and management strategy.
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