Current System

Minneapolis Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Calhoun, the company occupies a sprawling campus that includes four floors in a six-story building. Since the merger, the Lake Calhoun facility has become a model of efficiency. Besides being linked to all of the other offices, everyone is beginning to take the notion of an enterprise network seriously.

All of the floors are connected to the Windows 2000 network. The Minneapolis location is a domain in the tree. Active Directory services have been deployed to the main campus and the rollout is complete in the branch offices. The desktop and laptop rollout company-wide took longer than expected, but it is now completed. The CEO wants to know what the IT team is doing to make sure that everyone within the company can access resources all over the tree, as well as protect the network.

The corporate network was so impressive it helped this company snag a very large contract with a very large customer. This contract could put the company on the map. However, with every silver lining, there is a dark cloud. In this case, the dark cloud is that the customer wants to be able to access the online inventory system on your network, as well as share information directly with several new Unix hosts that are currently being installed. The customer is using Windows 2000 exclusively in their network.

Before migrating to Windows 2000, the company made use of the certificate services provided by Entrust. This certificate service is still in place.

Orlando The Orlando office is a domain in the corporate tree. It has some valuable resources that need to be made available to the rest of the company, particularly the folks in Athens.

The new contract may have a long-term effect on Orlando. Current corporate strategy calls for the new contract to be managed in Minneapolis for the first year, and then moved to Orlando after that. Given this strategy, Orlando will make use of their ability to access information in Minneapolis, but several people in the office will need to access the customer's network to work on design issues and planning issues.

Before migrating to Windows 2000, this unit made use of certificate services provided by Netscape. This certificate service is still in place.

Athens The Athens office is now fully staffed at 2,300. The management has discovered that the business is doing well, and the extra folks are justified. The office has been upgraded to Windows 2000 servers and Athens is now its own domain in the tree.

Athens has always been ahead of the curve. When the new contract was announced, Athens manufacturing geared up for the task, and can now handle that stage. Because the customer wants to be able to look at all the stages of inventory, the customer will need to be able to access the Athens facility as well as Minneapolis and Orlando.

Before migrating to Windows 2000, this unit did not use a certificate service. It has since begun to institute the Windows 2000 certificate service.

It has created an offline enterprise CA, an offline intermediate CA, and is just now adding an online issuing CA.

Customer The customer has a Windows 2000 network. The customer and our IS department have decided to link the two forests.

The communication between the trees is established; now, the next step is to provide certificates where necessary. The customer has a fully implemented PKI and is using a third-party service such as Netscape, Verisign, or Entrust.

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