Hello, we’ve been using OpenFire for a while now within a small group of users (~25). I installed on an old desktop PC with Linux and setup a small server. Some others have seen it and we have slowly been adding accounts, but now everyone wants to use it. That’s cool and all, but the problem is that’s about 300 people! I have a much more powerful Win2k3 server available that I can install OpenFire and I would like to set it up to use our existing Active Directory domain, but I could use some advice regarding the initial setup.
Our problem is that our current AD setup is a little haphazard as it has been just hacked together over the years, and, unfortunately, we no longer have the resources available to remedy that. The biggest headache that I see is that we have multiple OUs (some not necessary but are being used) and multiple groups that have unnecessary users (ie a supervisors group with non-supervisors in it etc.). I would like to be able to add a group like “IM_Supervisors”, add users that are actually supervisors to that group in AD, and then only have those users show up under that group in the IM client (Spark). All IM groups should be visible to all users in the client, just to keep it simple … hopefully.
My first thought was to create an OU and call it “IM” and then add the IM_Admin user to allow OpenFire access to AD and then put the “IM_*” groups under that. Then, as I was reading through the forums, I found other solutions using “security groups” etc. I’m not as familiar with AD as I would like to be, I admit, so I don’t quite grasp all of it, yet. If anyone else has run into a similar situation, or if maybe I’m approaching this all wrong, I would appreciate any and all advice.
Thank You, in advance!