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Have you ever experienced a major IT outage caused by issues with directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory? If not, you surely have heard about others that came into trouble here. Directory Services, with the Microsoft Active Directory still forming an essential part of the IT backbone in about 90% of medium-sized to large organizations, are critical for a working IT. If they fail, authentication fails (or, at best, stumbles). If data gets “corrupted”, this even can lead to the propagation of erroneous changes to other systems. SAP systems not working anymore because mass deletions from AD were propagated to SAP are not a one-of-a-kind disaster.
Directory Services must work. And if they fail, you must be able to put them back to work again rapidly. This requires a plan. This is where DR (Disaster Recovery) comes into play. It is not just about a tool for backup and for restore. DR is about a plan on how to restore, about defined responsibilities, about exercises, etc.
It also is aligned to monitoring of systems and to ITDR (Identity Threat Detection & Response): When do you need to act?
Martin Kuppinger, Principal Analyst at KuppingerCole Analysts, will look at the challenges many organizations are experiencing in DR situations and how to overcome these. He will put this into the broader context of BCM (Business Continuity Management) and Incident Response Planning, but also shed a light on why Microsoft Active Directory remains essential here for most organizations.
Guido Grillenmeier, Principal Technologist at Semperis, and Evgenij Smirnov, Senior Solutions Architect at Semperis, then will drill down in the details of how to make Microsoft Active Directory Disaster Recover work, from plan to execution.