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provision

the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices

provision

To set up a telecommunications line or network for a customer. The term comes from the telephone industry, in which the telco was responsible for configuring their computers to switch customer lines into the appropriate networks. The term migrated to networking in general and refers to setting up user accounts, servers or other network-related equipment.

Do It Yourself
"User provisioning" or "automated provisioning" allows customers to set up their own services and make changes from a Web browser or other client interface without having to contact the telecom or network provider and wait hours, days or weeks for the final results (see cloud computing).

A Very Old Term
The term is centuries old. Before ships would sail from Europe to the New World, they had to be "provisioned" with food, rope, weapons and instruments. See also user management and provisioning.
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The new functionality reportedly extends the capabilities from managing accounts in Active Directory, LDAP, Novell and Exchange to allow for automatic provisioning and deletion of accounts in Lotus Notes.
snom Active provides the secure, automatic provisioning, configuration and administration of snom phones when implemented with Microsoft Lync, IP PBX or hosted VoIP solutions - speeding installation and activation and reducing deployment cost and complexity -
An important feature is the automatic provisioning of user names, passwords, license keys or any kind of customised data.
The billing system is fully integrated with automatic provisioning and management, while its flexibility allows billing for initial and recurring fees for hosting plans, resources, individual applications and custom services.
Virtual machines already offer cost savings, but by adding this level of automatic provisioning, systems can become far more responsive to the demands of the business.
Here is where the industry needs a broadly adopted standard that everyone can use in providing the automatic provisioning so that it works with all OS's, all transports and all device types.

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