Old User Accounts and Unnecessary Groups

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Lori Burton, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. Lori Burton

    Lori Burton Guest

    I've been put in charge of the Active Directory for my company and notice so
    many groups and deactivated users that seem completely unnecessary. Is
    there a reason the previous administrator would've deactivated old employees
    rather than simply deleting them?

    If there is an excessive amount of groups with no members assigned can this
    not be removed as well?
    Lori Burton, Sep 30, 2006
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  2. The idea is not to delete anything so you don't have to do any serious
    recover, when it comes to AD it's better not to do any kind of restore
    because you loose a lot of changes. So disable the accounts, leave them for a
    good period of time such as 3-6 months then you can be assured that deleting
    them won't cause any panic or alarm.

    Personally I wouldn't delete anything without written approval from the
    persons account or that persons manager and I would only do that after a good
    period of time of it being disabled.
    Steve Goddard, Oct 1, 2006
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  3. Lori Burton

    Lori Burton Guest

    Thanks again, Steve. I will definitely take your advice. Now, I can
    deactivate the 50+ groups that have been created for our company and quickly
    reactivate if there's an issue. Our company hasn't even begun to use the
    server yet, so I have to imagine a lot of these simply came with the system
    and there's just too much out there to look at with the real structure
    needing to be created around it.
    My question regarding employees related to past employees that have been
    gone for months. I still feel safer, as you suggested, to deactivate, wait a
    few months, before deleting.
    Lori Burton, Oct 3, 2006
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