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About ManageEngine AD360:

AD360 is an integrated identity and access management (IAM) solution for managing user identities, governing access to resources, enforcing security, and ensuring compliance. From user provisioning, self-service password management, and Active Directory change monitoring, to single sign-on (SSO) for enterprise applications, AD360 helps you perform all your IAM tasks from a simple, easy-to-use interface. AD360 provides all these functionalities for Windows Active Directory, Exchange Servers, and Oce 365.

About Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security e5 (EMS):

Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) is a cloud-based oering that integrates Identity and Access Management, Mobile Application (MAM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions with security solutions for information protection and threat management. Enterprise Mobility + Security can help IT administrators meet the challenges in ensuring the best possible user experience and productivity and a high level of security, data protection and risk management.

Both ManageEngine AD360 and Microsoft EMS are two software solutions that aim to reduce the cost and time associated with managing users’ identities and accesses. Read on for the detailed comparison between the two solutions:

Features Description ManageEngine AD360
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Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security e5 (EMS)
Self-Service Password Reset/Account Unlock Users can reset their forgotten passwords, unlock accounts themselves.    
Password/Account Expiration Notifier Send SMS/email alerts to users reminding of password/account expiry.    

(Cannot send multiple alerts at regular intervals.)

Real-time Password Synchronizer Synchronize Windows password changes with cloud applications and on-premises systems.    
SSO for Enterprise Applications Allow users to log in just once using their AD username and password, and gain access to all their enterprise applications.    
TFA for Windows Logons Enables two-factor authentication for Windows logons, both local and remote.    
TFA for macOS Logons Enables two-factor authentication for macOS logons.    
Employee Directory Self-Update Allows users to update their profile information such as contact number in Active Directory.    
Android and iOS Mobile Apps Reset passwords, and unlock accounts on-thego from any Android or iOS mobile device.    
Reset Password link in the Windows/macOS/ Linux login screen Users can access the self-service password reset portal from the Windows/macOS/Linux login prompt.    
Available authentication techniques Supported authentication techniques to verify users’ identities during password reset. 1.Security Q & A.
2.Email verification codes.
3.SMS verification codes.
4.Google Authenticator
5.DUO Security.
6.RSA SecurID.
7.RADIUS Authenticator
8.TOTP authenticator
9.Fingerprint authenticator
10.QR-code based authentication.
11.Push notification authentication.
12.SAML Authentication
13.AD Security Questions.
14.Microsoft Authenticator
1.Security questions
3.Microsoft Authenticator app.
5.Voice calls
6.App passwords
Risk-based Conditional Access Ensure users verify their identity based on their associated risk factor (calculated via multiple parameters).    
Password Policy Enforcer Allows admins to enforce custom password policies with advanced controls for Active Directory and cloud applications.    

Azure AD Password Protection does not:
1.Provide visibility to the banned password list.
2. Support OU/group- based enforcement of the password policy settings.
3.Display the customized error messages in the Windows logon screen during password change

Active Directory Management Capabilities
Bulk user provisioning Allows creation of user accounts in AD, Oce 365, G Suite, Exchange, and more simultaneously with a single click.    
Bulk Password Resets Allows IT admins and help desk technicians to reset passwords and unlock accounts in bulk    
Bulk Computer, Contact, Group, and GPO management Manage AD objects in bulk, including creation, deletion, and modification.    
Active Directory Delegation Delegate specific AD tasks to help desk personnel or HR sta without altering their permissions in AD.    
Active Directory Workflow Control the actions of help desk sta by defining workflow and approval rules.    
Active Directory Automation Automate routine AD management tasks.    
Reporting capabilities.
Active Directory objects reports Reports on AD users, computers, groups, OUs, and GPOs.    
Active Directory password reports Reports on password status, security permissions, password expiration, invalid logon attempts, and password changes.    
Management from reports Reset passwords directly from password reports, enable users from user reports, and more.    
Auditing capabilities
User, Computer, Group, OU Management Audit Auditing of all important Active Directory objects.    
Audit AD changes Reports on who changed what, when and where in Active Directory.    
Logon/logo audit reports Exact time of user workstation logon & logo time along with the logon duration.    
User behavior analytics (UBA) Streamline threat detection by establishing a baseline of normal activities specific to each user over a period and reporting on any deviations from this norm.    
Compliance ready reports Pre-defined reports for SOX, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, ‘GLBA and FISMA compliance.    
GPO audit reports Report on changes to group policy objects.    
Custom reports Create your own custom reports or put up a request for one based on your requirements.    
History Reports Get reports on Active Directory from a particular period of time in the past.    

(Only available for the past 30 days)

On-premises Exchange Server (Management, Auditing, and Reporting Capabiliites)
Mailboxes Reports Reports on mailbox size, account status, content, permission, retention policies, storage information, and more.    
OWA & ActiveSync Reports Provides valuable insights on OWA & ActiveSync usage and configuration details    
Email Traffic Analyze Exchange traffic by tracking the traffic to each mailbox    
Storage Reports Get complete insights into storage objects in your organization including mailbox database, public folders, and server storage.    
Exchange monitoring Monitoring of emails, mailboxes size, DAGs, databases, and servers.    
Mailbox permission changes Shows details of changes made to mailbox permission settings.    
Mailbox storage quota changes Shows changes to user mailbox storage quotas settings.    
Office 365 (Management, Auditing, and Reporting Capabilities)
Mailbox management Manage mailbox permissions, properties, audit settings, and more, in bulk (including shared mailbox and public folder).    
Mailbox reports Get details on mailbox users, inactive mailboxes, mailboxes size, account status, mailbox content, mail traffic, and more.    
Mailbox auditing Shows details of activities performed by users and admins on mailboxes.    
Audit profiles Create custom audit profiles to track specific events and actions.    
User management Reset passwords, block/ unblock users, delete/ restore users, change attributes, configure MFA, and more, in bulk.    
Group management Configure whether groups can accept mail from only internal senders or both internal and external senders in bulk.    
User reports Get details on all users, account status, password status, logon details, and more.    

Can the solution be considered value for money?

Component-based pricing model.
Starts at $595* per year
for identity management

* - self-service, SSO, auditing, and other components cost extra.


For businesses looking to cut cost in managing Active Directory, Office 365, and Exchange, ManageEngine AD360 offers a comprehensive solution that covers all the bases and much more. For complete details on AD360, click here. It can be clearly established from the feature comparison table, that ManageEngine AD360 is markedly a better solution than Microsoft EMS.


What customers say about us

  • CAMH will be able to save close to $26,000 a year on service desk calls related to Active Directory password resets and locked accounts, and will see a return on investment within the first six months of product implementation.

    Judy OlivierProject Manager, CAMH

About ManageEngine AD360

AD360 is an identity and access management (IAM) solution for managing user identities, governing access to resources, enforcing security, and ensuring compliance. AD360 provides all these functionalities for Windows Active Directory, Exchange Server, and Office 365. With AD360, you can choose the modules you need and start addressing IAM challenges across on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments—all from a single console.

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