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Rules-Based Provisioning Using a What If Feature

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Arun Raghavan is the VP of Product Development at Unify Square. He and his team are responsible for the recent delivery of PowerProv, an end-to-end fully automated provisioning tool for (Microsoft) Skype for Business & Lync.

Recently, Arun sat down to tell us about his favorite PowerProv tool, the “What if” feature for testing provisioning rules before deployments.

ArunQ. Let’s start with what is referred to as the “What if” feature of PowerProv…how would YOU describe it?

PowerProv enables IT administrators to provision hundreds of thousands of users. That’s potentially a huge impact and you definitely want to ensure that you have all the details right. The What if feature is a best practice for how to deploy PowerProv; it tells you what changes would be made in the system without actually making those changes…it’s a risk-free way of setting up rules to implement Lync policies. It’s very similar to What if statements in Microsoft PowerShell.

Q. Why did we develop this feature?

When applying rules that implement Lync / Skype for Business policies to a large user base, you want to have the ability to assess the total impact before you push changes live in production. The What if feature should be used before deploying PowerProv rules; it is an enablement tool for administrators.

Q. Tell us about the development of this feature?

It made sense for us to develop the What if feature because when you are managing user policies and DID data, you have to know what is being changed and/or modified as well as what the output will be. This takes away any uncertainty around deploying provisioning rules.

Q. Why is this your favorite feature?

I really like the “What If” feature in PowerShell – before performing an operation on a large set of data, I like to know that a script I am writing is doing what is expected. The same goes for a product like PowerProv. The What if feature is very powerful because it allows administrators to assess their changes and make sure they are doing the right thing…it’s a best practice for making changes…a very elegant way to deploy provisioning rules in large global environments.

For more about Unify Square’s Skype for Business/Lync provisioning solution, visit the PowerProv product page.

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