The SharePoint AD Administration web part allows administrators to safely delegate limited Active Directory administration permissions and user management capabilities to front-line employees, thereby reducing IT workload and eliminating the bottleneck that occurs when all routine change or maintenance requests are funneled to IT. The overall simplicity of the web part also makes it an ideal solution for non-IT employees not familiar with Active Directory, allowing administrators to focus their time on tasks that add more value to the business.
Assign limited AD administration permissions to junior administrators so they can create, edit, rename, or delete OUs and AD properties from directly within the web part. Administrators can restrict these permissions to specific OUs, so junior administrators will only be able to manage or make changes within predefined nodes in a tree.
Grant the HR department the ability to create user accounts for new employees and then add them to the appropriate groups. Administrators can also delegate user profile maintenance to the HR department to keep user profile information completely up to date without requiring direct IT involvement.
The AD Administration web part also enables Site Managers to quickly and easily email all site members, ensuring that everyone is notified whenever important changes are made. The e-mail feature allows Site Managers to e-mail individual users, or entire user groups from directly within the web part.
Administrators can easily track all changes and change attempts from one centralized location: SharePoint Central Administration. The AD Administration log allows administrators to filter according to the time of the change, the nature of the change, or a combination of the two parameters.