Army chooses NetPro to secure directories

The Army has purchased management tools from NetPro Computing Inc. of Phoenix to begin its implementation of Microsoft Active Directory.

In what was described only as a multimillion-dollar task order, the Army acquired NetPro's DirectoryLockdown, DirectoryAnalyzer and DirectoryInsight to supplement licenses already held by numerous Defense Department agencies for their own Active Directory projects.

Active Directory centrally manages network resources and serves as the central authority for network security in a distributed Windows environment. It is supposed to consolidate and winnow the number of directories an organization must maintain.

'NetPro is the only source we could turn to, to drive mission-critical availability, control and security for our systems across the world,' said Dan Gilbert, senior Active Directory specialist for the Army. He said the lockdown component was particularly important to ensure that Active Directory stayed secure no matter where it was deployed.

The DirectoryInsight server agent keeps track of changing objects in the directory, such as users, printers and applications. It logs modifications such as configuration changes, schema, replication and overall structure.

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