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I.T. Co. is upgrading the domain structure of the directory service and postal services for the Russian Customs Service

07.04.2015

I.T. Co. is upgrading the domain structure of the directory service and postal services for the Russian Customs Service
I.T. Co. has accomplished a major infrastructure project delivered for the benefit of the Federal Customs Service of Russia. The work involved the transition to new versions of software products, which serve as a basis for the domain structure of the single directory service in the unified automated information system (UAIS) and FCS’s e-mail.

As a result of an open tender announced by the Federal Customs Service of Russia, I.T. Co. acquired the right to deliver a project to migrate the domain structure of the single directory service in the unified automated information system (UAIS) to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and migrate the FCS’s e-mail to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

The key goals of the project works included:

  • improved fault tolerance and providing new features to users and system administrators of the domain structure of the UAIS single directory service for the customs authorities and departmental e-mail;
  • enhancing information security by leveraging new functionalities of software products, and putting software products with discontinued support out of operation;
  • integrating distinct regional mail systems into a single departmental e-mail system of the customs authorities.
At the beginning of the works, managing the information infrastructure of the Russian FCS had a number of difficulties. The domain structure of the UAIS single directory service was built on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and did not cover the newly formed divisions of the Russian FCS. Disparate resources and the use of outdated versions of the operating system complicated its administration process and led to crashes and failures. The FCS’s electronic mail, based on Microsoft Exchange 2003, had a number of limitations – the architectural features of the platform made it impossible to create a disaster-proof solution and the obsolete 32-bit system was slow and caused regular downtimes. The server hardware and software was outdated and worn-out, which resulted in failures, making e-mail services unavailable.

I.T. Co.’s specialists completed the works in all regions of the Russian Federation: they transferred 371 domain controllers to be run by Windows Server 2008 R2, ensuring fault tolerant and disaster proof operation of the directory service – from the administrations level to the level of customs checkpoints. In the migration of the FCS’s official e-mail service to Exchange Server 2010, the number of mail servers was increased to 126, which ensured availability of email services in regional administrations and disaster proof operation in the central office of the Federal Customs Service of Russia. More than 200 system administrators received training, which enabled IT experts of the FCS of Russia to put both updated systems into operation and manage them professionally. 

The project helped expand the deployment area of the domain structure of the UAIS single directory service (DS UAIS SDS) throughout the entire structure of the customs authorities and transfer all of them to the official e-mail system integrated with DS UAIS SDS.

In further development of the domain service and official e-mail of the Federal Customs Service of Russia there are plans to implement Advanced Group Policy Management, provide mobile access to e-mail and create a unified solution for archiving e-mail servers.


About the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Federal Customs Service (FCS of Russia) is a federal executive body, which in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation, performs functions of formulating government policies and ensuring legal regulation, control and supervision in the customs, acts as a currency control agent, protects the intellectual property rights, exercises traffic control at checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation, as well as exercises sanitary and quarantine, quarantine and phytosanitary control and state veterinary supervision, related to inspections of documents in specially equipped checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation and designed for these purposes (specialized checkpoints), detects, prevents and suppresses crimes and administrative offenses within the competence of the customs authorities of the Russian Federation (hereinafter – the customs authorities), and other related crimes and offenses.


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