Active Administrator

Accelerate the way you administer Active Directory

Today, Windows administrators must manage the many different elements of Active Directory more quickly and with fewer staff. But doing “more with less” while employing a “sense of urgency” increases the likelihood of misapplying security, mismanaging GPOs, overlooking important AD events, neglecting performance and missing changes to AD objects. To avoid these mistakes, you need a solution that plugs the holes found in native Active Directory administrative tools.

Active Administrator enables Windows administrators to secure, audit, maintain and recover Active Directory efficiently and effectively – without the immobility and complexity of native administrative tools. Easy to use and easy to install,
Active Administrator speeds and simplifies numerous administrative 
tasks like security, delegation, auditing, GPOs, accounts, sites, trusts, 
replication and recovery.

Features

  • Security & delegation – Get a quick understanding of AD security with Active Administrator’s tree view of containers and associated objects. Then delegate control quickly and consistently with customizable, reusable and self-healing templates. Finally, enhance password security by implementing fine-grained password policies (FGPPs) for individual users or groups. Learn More »
  • Group Policy – Copy, edit and test GPOs in a secure, offline environment. Simulate changes and test “what-if” scenarios using modeling capabilities. Reports help you to quickly understand GPO changes by comparing the original and changed versions. You can also stay on top of GPO changes with automated checks, and easily recover a GPO to a previous known state. Learn More »
  • Auditing & alerting –Quickly get the exact audit reports you need by filtering by event, user, date and more. Then schedule reports for automatic generation and email delivery. Using report data, you can configure event alerts and automate alert-based actions, enabling you to quickly respond to – and correct – improper changes to AD. With Active Administrator, it’s easy to access all the audit data you need from a single, consolidated database that stores all changes made to AD, Group Policy and the product itself. Learn More »
  • Accounts, sites & trusts – Quickly scan and identify inactive users and computers in the domain with the User Activity dashboard. By leveraging this data, you can configure tasks to proactively clean up accounts on an ongoing, automated basis. Easily add, edit, remove and run reports on servers, subnets and site links Send reminders to users with expiring or expired passwords to reduce password maintenance headaches.
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  • Health – Understand whether replication between servers is possible with the replication analyzer. Then run health assessment reports to understand the status of each domain controller. Easily maintain the Active Administrator database by purging, reorganizing and restoring data on schedule. Learn More »
  • Backup & recovery – Save time by scheduling automated backups of Active Directory. Then easily recover entire AD objects or just particular security settings or attributes; or restore an old password, create a new one or generate a random replacement; or quickly restore a GPO to a previous known state. Learn More »

Sys Reqs

System Requirements

Processor

Pentium compatible CPU, 1 GHz or higher

Disk Space

100 MB or more; not including Active Administrator database

Memory (RAM)

For Windows Server 2003, 512 Megabytes minimum, 1 Gigabyte or more recommended
For Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, 512 Megabytes minimum, 2 Gigabytes recommended
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 (32-bit or non-Itanium 64-bit)

Screen Resolution          

1024x768 with 16-bit color

Operating Systems & Platform Requirements:               

Active Administrator Server:

  • Windows Server 2003 , 2003R2, 2008, 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Group Policy Management Console
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0 or later

Active Administrator Application Console:

  • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools package (only required for some features)

Special Notes on Windows 2000 DC environments:

  • Auditing agents support auditing for Windows 2000 or higher DCs
  • Recovery requires at least one Windows2003 SP1 or higher DC on the domain

Server Installation          

Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2008 R2 or 2012 (all editions) 

Microsoft SQL Express (all editions above)
Notes:

  • You must be an administrator of the computer on which you are installing the Active Administrator Server.
  • You must have the credentials of an account that can be used to create a database on the SQL server being used by the Active Administrator Server.

Operating System Download Links and Install Information          

The Group Policy Management Console is included in the Remote Server Administration Tools package: download link
Windows XP and Windows 2003
Windows Vista 64bit
Windows Vista 32bit

Windows Vista and Windows 7

Click Programs and Features in Control Panel, click Turn Windows features on or off, expand Remote Server
Administration Tools, expand Feature Administration Tools, and then select the check box for Group Policy Management Tools.

Windows Server 2008,Windows Server 2008 R2 and  Windows Server 2012

The Group Policy Management Console, once installed, must be enabled through the Server Manager's Add Features Wizard. You can launch the Add Features Wizard through Control Panel → Programs and Features → Turn Windows features on or off. Alternatively, from the command line, use ServerManagerCmd–install GPMC.

Console Installation       

Processor: Pentium 1 GHz or faster
  Disk Space: 100 MB
  Memory: 256 MB
  Screen resolution: 1024x768

  •   Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • .Net Framework v.4.0 or later
  • Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)

    
Important: When using Windows Vista ,Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit operating systems, you may experience problems when trying to perform some operations on Active Directory objects, such as creating objects or viewing object properties. When the Microsoft RSAT tools are installed on Windows Vista 64-bit,Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit the adprop.dll.mui and dsadmin.dll.mui files are not installed and these files are needed by Active Administrator.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) must be enabled on the computer running the Active Administrator Console.

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