Microsoft uses a pretty well thought out and tested methodology for projects called Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF). A complex undertaking like integrating disparate platforms requires a well thought out road map. The following list describes the high-level steps in an undertaking such as integrating Windows with other LDAP based systems:
Evaluate the current state of the company's directory structures. Plan what the new directory structure will provide. Build the lab and test account creation and user authentication. Deploy the directory solution into the production environment.
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