In a final act, Defense CIO Money approves use of Active Directory

In a final act, Defense CIO Money approves use of Active Directory

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

APRIL 9'On his last day of work as the Defense Department's chief information officer, Art Money signed a memorandum encouraging DOD agencies to immediately begin deploying Microsoft Active Directory on networks throughout the department.

Apparently pleased with Defense agencies' analyses of their operational environments, Money noted in the Friday memo that many offices have 'developed detailed architectural guidelines and migration plans for Windows 2000 and Active Directory.'

A year ago, Money asked agencies planning to use Microsoft Windows 2000 to survey their hardware and software environments to ensure that the platforms would meet the minimum requirements for running the operating system. He also asked agencies to develop and initiate a training plan for systems administrators and to conduct economic analyses.

In his new memo, Money said the shift to Active Directory would help DOD improve systems interoperability. Active Directory lets users access all objects and resources through a single environment and via one log-on. Any domain controller on a network can make changes to the directory.

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