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What is Active Directory Reporting?

Effective Active Directory reporting provides visibility into your environment

Active Directory reporting is necessary to help you gain visibility into your AD environment — which in turn is critical to effective AD management, strong security and compliance, and efficient migrations and consolidations. This page digs deeper into exactly what kind of Active Directory reporting is needed in each of these three areas, as well as what broader features are needed across all of them.

Reporting for Active Directory management

Reporting for Active Directory management

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.

Reporting for Active Directory security and compliance

Reporting for Active Directory security and compliance

Maintaining AD security and proving regulatory compliance are complex tasks. Wading through cryptic native logs and manually piecing information together not only requires a lot of time and effort, it’s also extremely error prone — you’re likely to miss key events and be unable to get the broad perspective you need. Therefore, you need easy-to-read, centralized Active Directory reports and Active Directory change reporting.

Enterprise Reporter for Active Directory makes it easy to keep tabs on what people are doing across the IT environment, and the integrated IT Security Search enables fast incident response and forensic analysis. You can include user entitlements, user activity, event trends, suspicious patterns and more, with rich visualizations and event timelines.

Change Auditor for Active Directory tracks user activity and audit Active Directory changes in real time, alerts you to critical changes so you can respond quickly, and provides easy-to-understand reports with all the critical details. With hundreds of prebuilt, customizable reports for GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, FISMA, GLBA and other mandates, you’ll always be ready for audits. Plus, with InTrust you can archive years of event log data with high compression to meet even the most stringent data retention requirements.

Reporting for Active Directory migrations, consolidations and restructuring

Reporting for Active Directory migrations, consolidations and restructuring

Quality reporting is also critical through all the stages of a migration, consolidation or restructuring project. During the planning phase, you need to understand your current environment (or environments) in detail so you can do any necessary cleanup and plan your migration jobs. During the migration itself, you need to be able to track progress and keep management and other stakeholders informed with reports that are easy to read and understand. And after the migration, you need to report on your target environment to ensure your migration goals were met.

Enterprise Reporter for Active Directory facilitates pre-migration analyses by pinpointing user and group dependencies; spotting unused accounts and groups with no members that are ripe for cleanup; and uncovering matching conflicts that would otherwise throw a monkey wrench into the migration process.

For help not only with pre-migration planning but the migration itself, check out Migration Manager for Active Directory. It will help you develop a comprehensive migration plan, and also offers a robust project management interface for monitoring and reporting on migration progress so you can respond quickly to issues and keep stakeholders up to date.

Where can I get help with my AD environment?

Where can I get help with my AD environment?

Quest is the go-to vendor for Active Directory solutions. We can help you manage, secure, migrate and report on your AD environment to drive your business forward. Here’s where you can learn more:

Resources

Top Seven Reports for Supporting a Growing Virtual Workforce
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Top Seven Reports for Supporting a Growing Virtual Workforce
Top Seven Reports for Supporting a Growing Virtual Workforce
IT environments are more dynamic than ever, and having more users working from home introduces new vulnerabilities. You undoubtedly want to take full advantage of the tools you already have to strengthen Office 365 security and compliance — but you probably just don’t have the time to go
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Improve Your Security Posture with Enterprise Reporter for Active Directory
Technical Brief
Improve Your Security Posture with Enterprise Reporter for Active Directory
Improve Your Security Posture with Enterprise Reporter for Active Directory
Enterprise Reporter can help you improve your security posture. This tech brief describes the top 10 AD security reports you should run on a regular basis to reduce your attack surface and thwart attackers.
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Conversational Geek e-book: Hybrid AD Security Assessment
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Conversational Geek e-book: Hybrid AD Security Assessment
Conversational Geek e-book: Hybrid AD Security Assessment
Active Directory (AD) security is a constantly moving target. With AD acting as the foundation for resources accessed both on premises and in the cloud, it’s critical to assess what state your AD’s security is in, understanding where to look and what to l
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5 Ways to Improve Hybrid Active Directory Auditing
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5 Ways to Improve Hybrid Active Directory Auditing
5 Ways to Improve Hybrid Active Directory Auditing
Watch this on-demand webcast and explore five (and maybe more) ways to improve Hybrid AD and Azure AD auditing using the latest features released in Change Auditor and On Demand Audit.
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Conversational Geek e-book: Hybrid AD Security Detection & Alerting
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Conversational Geek e-book: Hybrid AD Security Detection & Alerting
Conversational Geek e-book: Hybrid AD Security Detection & Alerting
Your Active Directory (AD) security is constantly in a state of change, making it difficult to understand your risks from static reports alone. That’s why you need to actively monitor all changes made in AD — being able to detect suspicious activity and a
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Randy Franklin Smith white paper: Securing Active Directory by Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
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Randy Franklin Smith white paper: Securing Active Directory by Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Randy Franklin Smith white paper: Securing Active Directory by Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
NIST cybersecurity framework enables organizations to create a secure environment. Learn how to apply this framework to your AD and Microsoft environment.
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Enhancing Active Directory Security and Lateral Movement Security
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Enhancing Active Directory Security and Lateral Movement Security
Enhancing Active Directory Security and Lateral Movement Security
Limit lateral movement by attackers inside your network with these best practices and Quest solutions.
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Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
E-book
Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
Nine Best Practices to Reduce Active Directory Security Breaches and Insider Threats
This ebook explores the anatomy of an AD insider threat and details the best defense strategies against it.
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Videos

TEC TALK - Office 365 & Azure Active Directory Security | Quest
TEC TALK - Office 365 & Azure Active Directory Security | Quest

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TEC TALK - Office 365 & Azure Active Directory Security | Quest

Learn how to prioritize Office 365 & Azure AD security for your remote workforce in this TEC Talk presented by Microsoft Certified Master, Sean Metcalf.

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TEC Talk: Hardening Privileged Access
TEC Talk: Hardening Privileged Access

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TEC Talk: Hardening Privileged Access
Learn steps you can take to secure privileged Active Directory access.
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Current state of AD security
Current state of AD security

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Current state of AD security
Join Sean Metcalf, Microsoft Certified Master, as he discusses what organizations are seeing and missing when it comes to Active Directory security.
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Recovering from an AD security breach or disaster
Recovering from an AD security breach or disaster

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Recovering from an AD security breach or disaster
Join experts Sean Metcalf and Brian Desmond as they discuss the best practices for quickly dealing with and recovering from AD security breaches.
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Common AD security pitfalls
Common AD security pitfalls

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Common AD security pitfalls
Join Sean Metcalf, Microsoft Certified Master, as he discusses the most common mistakes organizations make when it comes to Active Directory security.
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Is your AD environment safe from the dark side?
Is your AD environment safe from the dark side?

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Is your AD environment safe from the dark side?
See how Quest Software and One Identity can protect your organization from Hank the Hacker and other forces poised to steal AD-controlled credentials and your valuable data.
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Prepare for destructive AD cyber-attacks
Prepare for destructive AD cyber-attacks

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Prepare for destructive AD cyber-attacks
Learn how you can prepare for – and recover from – a destructive attack on your Active Directory.
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How to reduce AD security risks and insider threats
How to reduce AD security risks and insider threats

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How to reduce AD security risks and insider threats

Hank the Hacker is back and he's ready to attack your Active Directory (AD) environment, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Worse yet, this time he brought friends. With Disgruntled Dan and Careless Craig, he has even more leverage to take control. That's why it's so important to get protected.

Read this informative e-book, Nine Best Practices for AD Security, and discover what you can do to protect your environment from insider threats. Explore:

  • Why attackers target AD and how the growing popularity of Office 365 increases the threat
  • What an AD security breach means to the organization
  • Why it is difficult to secure Active Directory using native auditing alone
  • How a typical insider threat unfolds and how to identify common insider threat indicators
  • How following nine critical security best practices will help you minimize the risk of the internal threats to the availability, confidentiality and integrity of your AD

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Blogs

Quest Active Directory Security Assessments Reveal Top 4 Issues: #1 Service Accounts (Part 1 of 3)

Quest Active Directory Security Assessments Reveal Top 4 Issues: #1 Service Accounts (Part 1 of 3)

In Part 1 of our Quest Security Assessment series, we focus on the top vulnerabilities we have discovered in Active Directory: Service Accounts.

How to Continue Your AD Migration When Everyone is at Home

How to Continue Your AD Migration When Everyone is at Home

Some AD Migrations must continue, even in this health crisis. This post outlines how you can move your migration forward even with a remote workforce.

In the Fog of War, You Need Options…Not Just One but Many! Quest Has You Covered.

In the Fog of War, You Need Options…Not Just One but Many! Quest Has You Covered.

When it comes to disaster recovery, you need a solution that fits your situation. Find out how Recovery Manager for Active Directory delivers both power & flexibility.

Insider’s Guide to a Malware Event — In Case of Fire, Break Glass

Insider’s Guide to a Malware Event — In Case of Fire, Break Glass

Malware can spread at an alarming rate. To protect your organization from these attacks, having a comprehensive, flexible disaster recovery plan is essential. Learn more.

Be Very Afraid — When It Comes to AD Disaster Recovery, You Need Choices!

Be Very Afraid — When It Comes to AD Disaster Recovery, You Need Choices!

Learn about the true danger of malware attacks, why a solid disaster recovery plan is essential, and how to do AD recovery right the first time.

The Many Colors of AD Security – Microsoft Red Forest, Orange Forest, Greenfield or Blue?

The Many Colors of AD Security – Microsoft Red Forest, Orange Forest, Greenfield or Blue?

Discover the different models of Active Directory (AD) security, including the Red and Orange Forest models, Greenfield migrations, and Blue Team.

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