Plan Your AD Bridge Deployment

The key to a successful deployment is planning. Before you begin deploying AD Bridge in an enterprise environment, develop a plan that addresses at least the following aspects of installation and deployment:

  • Review the AD Bridge Release Notes to ensure your environment meets the deployment requirements.
  • Set up a test environment. We recommend that you first deploy AD Bridge in a test environment so that you can identify and resolve any issues specific to your mixed network before you put the system into production.
  • Determine whether to use AD Bridge in Directory Integration, or ID Range. When you configure your domain with the AD Bridge domain configuration wizard, you must choose the mode to use.


Back up Active Directory before you run the AD Bridge domain configuration wizard.

  • Decide whether to configure AD Bridge to manage a single forest or multiple forests. If you manage multiple forests, the UID-GID range assigned to a forest should not overlap with the range of another forest.
  • Determine how you will migrate Linux or Unix users to Active Directory. It is usually recommended that you delete interactive local accounts other than the root account.
  • Identify the structure of the organizational units or cell topology that you will need, including the UID-GID ranges.
  • Determine whether you will use aliasing. If you plan to use aliasing, you must associate users with a specific AD Bridge cell; you cannot use the Default Cell. ID Range cannot be used with cells.

For more information on Directory Integration and ID Range, please see Storage Modes in Active Directory.