Populating zones in a production environment
In planning your deployment, you should have determined your basic zone requirements and how you will migrate existing user communities to Active Directory. Based on your analysis, you should have a zone design with one or more parent zones and the child zones for each parent to define a candidate set of users and groups with the potential to access a given set of computers.
Typically, you should focus on one zone at a time, importing and mapping the existing users to Active Directory accounts. You should also determine whether you need to create new Active Directory accounts for any of the existing users or groups you are importing. If possible, you should use Active Directory group membership and role assignments to manage access for UNIX users and groups, you import.