When I first heard about the LGfL USO, it made a whole lot of sense to me: one Unified Sign On, allowing you to log onto a range of different services using just one username and password. As part of that service, something called ADSync is also offered, which allows your Active Directory to have all the same usernames and passwords as your USO account.
I first heard about this in 2010, and we have finally installed it in our school! Hurrah!
We were a little bit wary of this (as was my technician, who didn’t like the thought of someone else controlling our AD), but the installation seems to have gone very well. It was all installed remotely, but Atomwide were very friendly and helpful along the way.
The job isn’t completely done yet as all of the Mac home folders are still under the old names. However, Toucan are coming in and running some sort of magical script that will rename everything and make everything work wonderfully. For staff, this should mean there is one less username to remember. And for support staff who don’t log onto their emails very often but do use the Macs, it might help them remember their login!