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Overview

THIS CHAPTER DESCRIBES THE FEATURES, TOOLS AND UTILITIES PROVIDED BY DIGITALPERSONA LDS TO ASSIST THE ADMINISTRATOR IN MANAGING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE PRODUCT, AS WELL AS CUSTOMIZING AND EXPANDING THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE PRODUCT.

Some of the administrative features, tools and utilities described in this section are included in the DigitalPersona LDS Server or client product packages, while others are available as separate modules which may be obtained from your Crossmatch Account Manager or product Reseller.

About GPO settings

Many of the settings that govern the features and behavior of the DigitalPersona LDS solution are controlled through Active Directory GPO settings (see Policies and Settings on page 110). Additional settings and behaviors may be configured though Microsoft’s ADSI Editor and through custom VBScript scripts.

We strongly recommend managing all DigitalPersona policies through a separate GPO linked to an Organizational Unit (OU), and avoiding making any changes to the “Default Domain Policy.”

However, note that GPO settings that are left “Not Configured” in Active Directory may be configured by the local administrator by installing the GPMC Extensions feature from the Administration Tools component to a computer. Local settings that are configured will then be effective for all users on the specific computer.

Whenever a setting is configured (enabled or disabled) in Active Directory, the local administrator cannot modify the setting for at the local computer.

For this reason – especially if the needs specific to your environment require you to provide end users with local administrative privileges – Crossmatch strongly recommends IT Administrators explicitly configure each desired setting in Active Directory, rather than relying on default behaviors associated with the unconfigured state.