Creating organizational units in Access Manager

If you want to create the recommended organizational unit structure for Centrify objects during your initial deployment, you can do so automatically using the Access Manager Setup Wizard. The first time you start Access Manager, it opens the Setup Wizard by default. From the Setup Wizard, you can create all of the containers for the recommended deployment structure automatically without any manual configuration. Alternatively, you can create a completely custom deployment structure by first creating a PowerShell script that creates the containers you want to use then running the custom script from within the Setup Wizard.

If you use the default script, the wizard adds the recommended organizational units and groups under the top-level Centrify OU and ensures all of the permissions are properly set on the objects within it. You can then select an existing organizational unit or create a new organizational unit for the components of the deployment structure. If you use the default deployment script without modification, it creates a structure like this:

If you want to customize the script, you can use the wizard to export it. After exporting the script, you can modify it in a text editor, then restart the wizard to use the modified script. The Setup Wizard will also create the parent container for Licenses and the parent container for Zones in the Active Directory location you select.

As you roll-out the deployment, you might find additional OUs are useful. For example, you might create additional OUs because specific permissions must be granted to create, modify, delete, and manage the objects within them. By creating this organizational structure, you can control who has permission to manage the Centrify objects contained in each OU.

By using the recommended deployment structure and associated permissions, you will have a solid foundation for deploying Centrify software across the enterprise without affecting any of your existing Active Directory structure. The recommended deployment structure will also enable you to easily apply group policies and manage user, group, and computer accounts.

For more information about the purpose of the additional organizational units, see the appropriate section.