Proper Active Directory management requires keeping a close eye on your AD users and groups, including what permissions have been granted to each, so you can rigorously enforce the least-privilege principle. You also need clear Active Directory reports that identify inactive user and computer accounts, based on properties such as last logon time, so you can clean them up before they are misused. In addition, you need to keep track of user accounts whose passwords are about to expire and spot any accounts whose passwords never expire, since they are at increased risk of being compromised and misused. And you also need to understand your Group Policy settings and be able to easily review how they have changed over time.
More broadly, you need to be able to monitor the configuration of your domain controllers and the replication of data between them. Otherwise, users might well experience problems logging in or accessing the resources they need to do their jobs. While you can get some of the information you need using native tools and Windows PowerShell scripts to export data to Excel spreadsheets, you’ll be spending far more time than necessary on AD administration and still won’t be able to get all the actionable insight you need for truly effective AD management.
You need a reporting tool that delivers in-depth, out-of-the-box reports on your Active Directory users, groups and group membership, roles, organizational units (OUs), and permissions. Such a tool will help you proactively manage your environment. Enterprise Reporter for Active Directory offers automated discovery and reporting on the configuration of Active Directory, and facilitates historical analysis and compliance reporting by saving configuration data and providing detailed change history reports.
Group Policy is a key part of your AD environment and you need deep insight into Group Policy settings and permission. GPOADmin enables you to easily review any GPO and even compare different versions of a GPO side by side.