If your enterprise environment has multiple data management systems, each having its own password policy and dedicated user authentication mechanism, you may face one or more of the following issues:
With Synchronization Service, you can eliminate these issues and significantly simplify password management in an enterprise environment that includes multiple data management systems.
Synchronization Service provides a cost-effective and efficient way to synchronize user passwords from an Active Directory domain to other data systems used in your organization. As a result, users can access other data management systems using their Active Directory domain password. Whenever a user password is changed in the source Active Directory domain, this change is immediately and automatically propagated to other data systems, so each user password remains in sync in the data systems at all times.
You need to connect Synchronization Service to the data systems in which you want to synchronize passwords through special connectors supplied with Synchronization Service.
To automatically synchronize passwords from an Active Directory domain to another data system, complete these steps:
Capture Agent tracks changes to the user passwords in the source Active Directory domain and provides this information to Synchronization Service, which in turn synchronizes passwords in the target connected systems you specify.
For more information on how to install Capture Agent, see Managing Capture Agent.
Alternatively, you can configure a connection to Active Roles that manages the source Active Directory domain.
For more information about mapping objects, see Mapping objects.
Synchronization Service automatically maps objects between the source Active Directory domain and the target connected system if you configure sync workflows to manage the creation and deprovision operations between the source AD domain (or Active Roles that manages that domain) and the target connected system.
For more information on sync workflows, see Synchronizing identity data.
For more information, see Creating a password sync rule.
After you complete the above steps, the Synchronization Service starts to automatically track user password changes in the source AD domain and synchronize passwords in the target connected system.
If necessary, you can fine-tune the password synchronization settings by completing these optional tasks:
For more information, see Using PowerShell scripts with password synchronization.
Capture Agent is required to track changes to the user passwords in the Active Directory domain you want to be the authoritative source for password synchronization operations. To synchronize passwords, you must install Capture Agent on each domain controller in the source Active Directory domain.
Whenever a password changes in the source Active Directory domain, the agent captures that change and provides the changed password to the Synchronization Service. In turn, the Synchronization Service uses the provided information to synchronize passwords in the target connected systems according to your settings.
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