Active Directory Cleanup

Who:

Sempra Energy
101 Ash St., HQ01A
San Diego, CA 92101-3017

When:

August 2007

What:

The client needed to make many changes and cleanup it's Active Directory (AD) environment to meet Microsoft and new company standards.



The Challenge

Windows administrators over time inherited problems with AD including but not limited to: mis-configurations, mis-applied security, mis-managed, unlinked, invalid and orphaned GPOs, stale and invalid user and computer accounts, accounts where the password was never set, Domain Controllers hosting other services, missing business processes and undocumented procedures.

The Solution

A detailed assessment of AD's overall current health along with recommendations for addressing the risks currently present was completed.  This included a “current state” document written to identify the current design from which to make recommended changes. This document applied to current state of core components and services including: Domain Name Service (DNS), Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Data was collected along with interview results and systematically analyzed. Significant gaps and opportunities for improvement were then made to cleanup and improve AD's overall health.  

The Result

AD was effectively and efficiently cleaned up adding top-notch security and compliance after tracing out all inactive/disabled accounts and expired users and computers.  New housekeeping procedures were developed and training provided ensuring future changes (add, move, changes) were made consistent with the new standards.  This resulted in an easier understanding of AD for administrators and enhanced the safety of the client's AD environment. AD's overall performance was improved saving significant time by eliminating the unknowns which drove complexity.

 

About Sempra

Sempra Energy is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2012 revenues of approximately $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ nearly 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide. Sempra Global includes Sempra Commodities, Sempra Generation, Sempra Pipelines & Storage and Sempra LNG.