IT Expert Don Jones Writes Whitepaper on the Blackbird Management Suite

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Whitepaper helps companies understand how to better automate the management, auditing, and reporting of Microsoft Active Directory

Blackbird's tight integration into the native tools is remarkable: After a very short while, you feel as if the functionality is simply built into the Microsoft consoles, rather than being provided by a third-party.

The Blackbird Group announced the availability of a new whitepaper by IT expert Don Jones. The paper entitled, Product Analysis: The Blackbird Management Suite, offers an in depth look at the Blackbird Management Suite's approach to automating Active Directory auditing, reporting, and management, with particular focus on how Blackbird's unique integrated approach addresses the productivity burdens typically associated with these tasks.

Businesses today realize that Active Directory needs some help when it comes to automating management, providing compliance-grade auditing and reporting, and managing change in the directory. Unfortunately, most vendors in the space offer point solutions: one tool for AD auditing, another tool to rollback unwanted changes, a third for change control, etc.

In the paper, Don explores how the Blackbird Management Suite consolidates these activities into a single, truly integrated toolset that operates with the familiar Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

The paper offers a detailed look at the unique advantages of the Blackbird Management Suite, covering the following topics: auditing, reporting, protection, recovery, and management.

From the paper: "All of this functionality is provided by a single agent that is installed on your domain controllers, and supported by a single back-end database. That's a significant distinction from other products in this space, which are often billed as 'integrated' but in fact require discrete agents, separate databases, and so forth. That separation often means the functional integration isn't as tight as it should be; in fact, that separation is often the result of external product acquisitions rather than a single development effort…"

"Blackbird's tight integration into the native tools is remarkable: After a very short while, you feel as if the functionality is simply built into the Microsoft consoles, rather than being provided by a third-party."

The whitepaper is available today, and can be downloaded by registering on the Blackbird portal at http://www.blackbird-group.com/landingpages/WhitePaper052010/

About Don Jones
With more than fifteen years of IT experience, Don Jones is one of the world’s leading experts on the Microsoft business technology platform. He’s the author of more than 35 books, and is a top-rated and in-demand speaker at conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, Windows Connections, and TechMentor. Don is an accomplished IT journalist with features and monthly columns in Microsoft TechNet Magazine, Redmond Magazine, and on Web sites such as TechTarget and MCPMag.com. He is a multiple-year recipient of Microsoft’s prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Realtime Publishers.

About The Blackbird Group, Inc.
The Blackbird Group is a leader in identity and access management. Blackbird's innovative solutions help organizations make the most of their technology investments and Windows infrastructure — with simpler compliance, streamlined governance, increased IT efficiency, and greater application availability. The Blackbird Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with more than two million installed seats worldwide. Founded in 2002, the Blackbird Group is a privately held company. Corporate headquarters are in Manhattan, New York with offices located throughout Europe. For more information, visit http://www.blackbird-group.com

Blackbird Group and the Blackbird Group logo are trademarks of Blackbird Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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