New release also expands options for Exchange and Active Directory migration
Reading, April 24, 2003 - Aelita Software, the leader in Active Directory
migration and management, has released version 6.0 of its Domain Migration
Wizard(tm) (DMW) software product. This version of DMW, the industry
standard for Windows NT-to-Active Directory migration, is designed for
migration to Windows Server 2003. DMW 6.0 takes advantage of Windows Server
2003 enhancements, and all DMW components can run under the new server
"We believe it is important to continue enhancing and investing in our
migration products," said Ratmir Timashev, Aelita president and CEO.
"Analysts estimate that as many as 60 percent of Windows enterprises have
not yet migrated to Active Directory, and we are very interested in
continuing to offer the most robust and valuable products in this area."
DMW is part of Aelita's Controlled Migration Suite(tm) (CMS). "Only Aelita
takes organisations all the way from migration planning through SIDHistory
cleanup, with virtually no impact on users," Timashev added.
Aelita Domain Migration Wizard 6.0 offers Exchange 2000/2003 processing to
allow organisations to migrate to Active Directory and Exchange 2000/2003 in
whatever order they choose, without opening themselves up to security
vulnerabilities. If an organisation migrates to Exchange 2000/2003 first,
permissions in Exchange are granted to NT accounts, which historically has
made it difficult to clean up SIDHistory once the migration from NT to
Active Directory is complete. This compromises network security, since
SIDHistory provides a means of user and group impersonation.
(For details, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 316047
<http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;3160...>, "XADM: How
to Enable Disabled Accounts that the ADC Creates" at
Domain Migration Wizard 6.0 solves this problem by repermissioning Exchange
2000/2003 stores so that rights are granted directly to the migrated
accounts in Active Directory.
Windows 2000/2003 author and consultant Bill Boswell, chief technology
officer of the Windows Consulting Group, used Aelita Domain Migration Wizard
during large-scale NT-to-Active Directory migration.
"Domain Migration Wizard worked superbly throughout the migration," Boswell
commented. "The client's management was very pleased with the minimal
interruption to service delivery, and praised the smoothness of the
operation. Because the product is so flexible, we were able to race through
the few post-migration trouble tickets, which impressed the client's end
users. Overall, there is no question that DMW was the key to making the
migration a success."
Additional new features in DMW 6.0 include:
* Updating permissions in Internet Information Services (IIS).
This greatly reduces the migration effort, since IIS is typically installed
on many servers throughout the network and each installation must otherwise
be updated individually.
* Providing enhanced support for migrating local users and
groups. This is especially important to organizations that want to reduce
the cost of managing individual application servers by consolidating user
management under Active Directory.
* Providing additional options for migrating NT global groups.
Users can migrate global groups in NT to universal groups in Active
Directory, merge global groups from different domains, and even migrate
global groups to existing universal groups to streamline maintenance of
Exchange distribution lists and security groups.
Aelita's full product line supports Windows Server 2003, meaning that
customers can count on Aelita to help them migrate to Windows Server 2003,
administer and secure Active Directory on Windows Server 2003, and backup,
recover and manage Windows Server 2003.
About Aelita Software Corporation
Aelita Software specializes in the secure management and migration of
Windows-centric IT environments. Aelita's products offer efficient control
of Windows, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange and .NET infrastructures
through the secure management of migration and deployment, administration
and provisioning, operations and security, and backup and recovery. These
technically advanced products are engineered to reduce administrative
workload, increase operational security and minimize system downtime.
Aelita is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, as well as an HP OpenView
Solution Alliance Partner. Aelita Software is headquartered in Columbus,
Ohio, USA, with offices worldwide. Contact Aelita at 800.263.0036 or visit
Senior Account Executive
Tel: 0118 989 5600
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Fax: 0118 989 5656
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