Active Directory isn’t Going Anywhere Soon
Remember? Microsoft released 64-bit in 2001 on XP. Now it’s 2016 and they still have a 32 bit version for Windows 10. Will we ever truly get moved over to 64 bit? Sure someday and then we can be guaranteed there will be a new system that will be better and will take infrastructure 16 years to move over to.
But 64 bit isn’t my question here, it’s Active Directory. I know Tom Pederson and others are prophesying that Active Directory is Dead. But that’s not the case. I think I agree more with Tomek Onyszko. I just added 50 new AD users to my customers servers this week. For SMBs, education and non-profits in particular, Active Directory is fully embedded and it’s growing. SMBs have AD LDAP linked to a variety of routers, servers and sites and AD sync integrated with O365. They have AD IIS servers connected to RDP Gateways. They have Exchange servers, DPM servers, System Center Servers and SQL servers. All of these use AD. Not to mention the myriad of network printers and scanners that use AD and also the terabytes of old Word, Excel and PDF documents that are secured with AD that somehow we can’t seem to get rid of.
There are plenty of alternatives to AD but it’s not an easy process moving your users off of a Microsoft AD network. Usually IT ends up with more management headaches not fewer. If they try to move their users off of AD the end result often is a server left in the corner closet because 10 people still need it and a bunch of angry people. IT for SMBs doesn’t want to hand over the reigns entirely to their users but they do want centralized management and they want it be cloud based and not reliant on tower chassis servers sitting in corners just waiting to crash.
So the solution here isn’t to get rid of AD, it’s simply to move it to the cloud. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could move your on premise domain to the cloud and upgrade it at the same time? What if your managed computers could connect securely and easily to their domains in the cloud from anywhere? It would allow you to continue to use the full power of AD features like powershell and you could easily extend your domain to new locations without installing more on premise servers.
Full disclosure, I’m the CEO of TrueStack and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We have a VPN platform that should be up on the AWS marketplace in the next few months. It’s made for AD migrations and connections. SMBs can migrate and upgrade their on premise domains to AWS, install our client, turn off their old on premise server and your end users won’t even know the difference. No more need for site to site VPNs, onsite / offsite backups and even on premise static IPs. We’ve never had cloud servers and internet this fast, so this solution is finally workable. Don’t worry, ADs not going anywhere soon.
CEO – TrueStack Inc.