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Comparing ManageEngine AD360 with Okta

ManageEngine 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 with a simple, easy-to-use interface.

Okta is an enterprise-grade, identity management service, built for the cloud, but compatible with many on-premises applications. With Okta, IT can manage any employee's access to any application or device.

Although Okta provides a credible access management solution that has a number of capabilities, this document highlights several competing advantages that ManageEngine AD360 has over Okta's offerings.

Active Directory 360

Capability Description ManageEngine AD360
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Lifecycle Management
User provisioning and deprovisioning Supports provisioning and deprovisioning of users to various directories and applications.  

(Supports AD, Office 365, Exchange, Skype for Business Server, and G Suite)


(Supports AD, LDAP directories, and cloud applications through SCIM)

Automated provisioning Integrates with HR applications and external databases for user provisioning.    
Universal directory Built-in directory that can be integrated with any application or directory service.    
Single sign-on (SSO)
SSO to enterprise applications Provides secure, one-click access to enterprise applications.    
SSO to custom applications Option to configure SSO to in-house applications.    
SSO to mobile apps SSO support for mobile apps    
Integration with AD Provide AD users SSO access to applications using their domain credentials.    
Authentication Supported authentication method. Two-factor authentication Adaptive Authentication
Reporting Built-in reports to view who accessed what applications.    
Authentication Supported authentication method. SAML SAML, OIDC, SWA, OAuth
Multi-factor authentication
Supported factors Number of authentication factors supported. 14 23
Contextual factors Supports authentication factors that depend on location, device, and network context.    
MFA for cloud application login via SSO Supports MFA for cloud applications while logging in via SSO.    
Windows login MFA Adds an extra layer of authentication method to the local interactive and RDP Windows login.    
macOS login MFA Adds an extra layer of authentication to macOS login.    
Linux login MFA Adds an extra layer of authentication to Linux login.    
Risk-based authentication Uses different set of authentication factors for both high and low risk login attempts.    
Passwordless login Uses stronger authentication factors to login to applications.    
Privilege management
Privileged account discovery Use built-in reports to identify members belonging to privileged groups, including those who inherit privileges through nested groups.    
Privileged group membership management Add or remove members from privileged groups in bulk.    
Secure privileged accounts Identify inactive privileged accounts and disable them immediately.    
Privileged account tracking Tracks all the activities of privileged account holders including their logon/logoff activities.    
File permissions report Identify which users have access to critical file in your file servers.    
File permission management Manage the NTFS and Share permissions of files and folders in your Windows and NetApp environments.    
Approval workflow for privilege requests Establish an approval workflow process for users requesting access to privileged groups and important files.    
Password management
Self-service password reset and account unlock Allows users to reset passwords and unlock accounts in Active Directory, Office 365, Salesforce, and other cloud applications on their own.    
Self-service password management authentication options Authentication methods supported for self-service password reset and account unlock. 14 different authentication methods. Only SMS, voice call and security questions are supported.
Real-time password synchronization Automatically synchronizes users’ Active Directory passwords with cloud applications and other on-premises systems    

(supports only provisioningenabled SWA apps)

Password Policy Enhancer Password complexity requirements: Requires a specified number of lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, and symbols in the passwords    
Password should not contain part of the username.    
Other character requirement for passwords: Must being with a letter, Unicode character, etc.    
Disallow use of palindromes, repeating characters, and part of old password.    
Dictionary rule to block common and weak passwords.    
Pattern rule to block keyboard patterns (asdf, qwerty, etc.) in passwords.    
Cached credential update for AD passwords. Allows remote users who are not connected to the AD domain to reset passwords and log in to their machine.    
Password expiration notification Sends periodic password expiration reminders to AD users via email, SMS and push notifications.    
Password reset from login screen Allows users to reset their passwords right from the login screens of their Windows, macOS or Linux machines.    

(Only Windows is supported, and that too is in beta)

Mobile app for password reset Allows users to reset their passwords using a mobile app.    
Mobile app deployment Allows you to remotely install the self-service password reset app on users’ mobile devices.    
Active Directory Management
User management Disable or enable user accounts, modify user attribute values, reset passwords, unlock accounts, and do much more in bulk.    
Computer management Create and manage computer objects; modify their attributes in bulk.    
Group management Create and manage groups; modify group memberships in bulk.    
GPO management Create and link GPOs to OUs; modify GPO settings.    
Management of other objects Create and manage contact objects, home folders, terminal services profile folder, passwords, and more in AD.    
Office 365 management
User management Create users with or without license, enable MFA settings, reset passwords, modify naming attributes, and do much more in bulk.    
Group management Create and manage distribution groups, security groups; modify group memberships; modify group properties such as Send As permissions; all in bulk.    
Contact management Create and manage contacts in bulk; modify contact attributes and properties in bulk.    
License management Assign, remove, or replace licenses of selected users or groups.    
Mailbox, shared mailbox, and public folder management Manage Exchange Online mailboxes, configure settings, enable or disable features; modify public folders, and do much more in bulk.    
Mobile device management Clear mobile device data and remove mobile devices.    
Calendar management Modify or remove calendar permissions.    
On-premises Exchange management
Mailbox management Create and modify mailboxes, shared mailboxes, room mailbox, equipment mailbox, and more in bulk.    
IT security and compliance
Prebuilt reports Reports to track user activities in the product.    
State-in-time reports for AD Over 300 reports on various aspects of your AD environment, including reports to find out inactive users, recently created users, last logon of users, etc.    
State-in-time reports for Exchange Server Over 300 reports on various aspects of your Exchange on-premises environment, including reports to find out non-owner mailbox permissions, mailbox storage growth, distribution lists members, etc    
State-in-time reports for Office 365 Over 300 reports on all aspects of various Office 365 services, including Azure AD, Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc.    
Prebuilt reports for IT compliance Report templates for various compliance mandates such as SOX, HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, etc.    
Real-time audit reports for AD, Office 365, and on-premises Exchange. Audits who did what, when, and from where using real-time audit reports.    
Real-time alerting Sends email and SMS alerts in real time for important security-related changes in your IT environment.    
Exchange and Office 365 monitoring reports and dashboard Monitors all the service availability and performance of Exchange servers and Office 365.    
User behavior analytics Helps detect, investigate, and mitigate threats like malicious logins, lateral movement, privilege abuse, data breaches, and malware.    
Active Directory automation Automate hundreds of user, group, computer, and contact management tasks in Active Directory.  

(Supports automation of 100s of tasks


(Okta supports only 2 automation policies based on user inactivity and password status)

Office 365 automation Create powerful automations and automation policies to automatically carry out hundreds of routine Office 365 tasks, such as password reset and blocking users, without human intervention.  

(Supports automation of 100s of tasks)

Delegation and workflow
Delegation Allows you to delegate tasks such as user creation and modification, password reset, reporting, etc., to help desk technicians.    
Approval workflow Built-in rules and custom templates to create an approval workflow process for identity management, access governance, and self-service tasks.    

(Supports only triggering of external events)

Disaster recovery
Active Directory backup and recovery Take full or incremental backups of AD objects. Restore them granularly at object or attribute level.    
Office 365 backup and recovery Take full or incremental backups of Exchange Online mailboxes, SharePoint sites, and OneDrive for Business files and folders. Restore them granularly at object or attribute level.    
Exchange backup and recovery Take full or incremental backups of Exchange mailboxes. Restore them granularly at mailbox or item level.    

Can the solution be considered value for money?

Component-based pricing model.
Starts at $595 for 500 users,per year
for the self-service password management

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


  • As you can see from the above table, AD360 is a much more powerful solution that solves multiple challenges faced by enterprises including identity governance, access management, privilege management, IT security, compliance, and disaster recovery. For enterprises that run on Microsoft’s technology, such as Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365, etc., AD360 is without a doubt the right choice.
  • Okta, on the other hand, solves only the access management challenges of organizations with its SSO and adaptive MFA capabilities, and to some degree identity management challenges with its lifecycle management feature.
  • For the capabilities on offer, AD360 is also priced more affordably. With AD360, enterprises don’t have to worry about countless other integrations and paying for other solutions, to manage and secure all aspects of their IT infrastructure. Overall, AD360 can help enterprises manage and secure their IT infrastructure without breaking their bank.

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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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