The reality is simple: Active Directory forms the backbone of IT in any enterprise running on Windows, and managing such a crucial piece of technology costs a lot of manpower and time.
ManageEngine AD360 and Softerra Adaxes are two software solutions that aim to reduce the cost and time associated with managing Active Directory. Both solutions offer IT admins powerful features to automate mundane tasks easily. But, ManageEngine AD360 offers a lot more features at an affordable price and provides a comprehensive solution for all your Active Directory and Exchange management challenges.
|Active Directory and Exchange Auditing||AD360 has a powerful auditing component for Active Directory, Windows File Servers and Microsoft Exchange. It has you covered when it comes to IT compliance laws like SOX, HIPAA, PCI, FISMA, etc.||Adaxes on the other hand has no dedicated auditing mechanism to help ensure the security of your IT infrastructure.|
|Group, Computer & Contact Management||AD360 supports group, computer and contact objects management in addition to user accounts management.||On the other hand, Adaxes covers only user object management.|
|Mobile Apps||AD360 has dedicated apps for Android & iPhone, and a Mobile WebApp for ‘on the go’ Active Directory management and self-service password management.||Adaxes can only be accessed from a computer and has no mobile apps.|
|Arsenal of Reports||With over 200+ ‘out-of-the-box’ reports, AD360 has quite an arsenal of reports. You can also create your own custom reports with filters based on your requirements.||Adaxes has only a minimal amount of reports.|
|Multi-platform Password Management||AD360 support self-service password reset and synchronization for Google Apps, Salesforce, Office 365, Zoho, IBM AS400, HP UX, Oracle Database and Oracle EBusiness Suite with support for more applications and systems being added regularly.||Adaxes supports only Windows systemsAdaxes supports only Windows systems|
|Affordable ‘Component-based’ Pricing Model||AD360 gives you complete freedom to choose the components you need and pay only for what you choose. As such, AD360 starts at $595 for unlimited users (AD Management component alone).||Adaxes starts at $1600 for 100 user accounts.|
To know more about the differences between ManageEngine AD360 and Softerra Adaxes,
please refer the following features comparison table.
|Active Directory Account Management|
|User Life Cycle Management in Active Directory||Create, manage and delete user accounts in Active Directory|
|Office 365, Lync, Exchange User Provisioning||Automatically creates user accounts in Office 365, Lync and Exchange when created in AD|
|Office 365 User Management||Modify and de-provision user accounts when changes occur in AD|
|Group, Computer and Contact Life Cycle Management||Create & Manage Groups,Computers and Contacts in Active Directory|
|Template/CSV-based Bulk Provisioning/Reprovisioning||Create Users, Computers, Groups and Contacts and edit their attributes in Bulk by importing them from a CSV file or based on a template|
|Mobile Active Directory Management|
|Mobile Apps||Android and iPhone apps for managing Active Directory ‘on the go’|
|Active Directory Reports|
|User Reports||Reports on AD user objects, recently deleted or modified users, inactive/disabled users, etc.|
|Password Reports||Reports on password expired users, soon-to-expire password users, etc.|
|Group, Computer and OU reports||Reports on group members,inactive computers, etc.|
|GPO, Contact, Terminal Service and Printer Reports||Reports on disabled & unused GPOs, mail enabled contacts,terminal service access, etc.|
|Automation, Help Desk Delegation and Workflow|
|Delegation & Automation of AD tasks and Approval Workflow process||Delegate different tasks based on roles/OU, automate crucial AD tasks and execute certain tasks based on a workflow||
(only role- based delegation)
|File Server Management||Add file servers in your network and manage their NTFS and Share permissions|
|GPO Management||Create GPO objects and link them to computer and user objects|
|AD Search and Employee Search||Search Active Directory for Users, Computers, Groups and Employees contact information|
|Active Directory Auditing|
|WHO, WHEN, WHERE and WHAT of AD changes||Reports on who changed what,when and where in Active Directory|
|Logon/Logoff Audit Reports||Exact time of User Workstation Logon & Logoff time along with the Logon Duration|
|Compliance Ready Reports||Pre-defined reports for SOX,HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GLBA and FISMA compliance|
|Before and After values of a Change||Reports on Before / After attributes values of an object|
|GPO Audit Reports||Report on changes to Group Policy Objects|
|Custom Reports and Alerts along with history||Create your own custom reports and schedule alerts via email for important events. Get reports for a specific period of time.|
|Windows Servers Auditing||Audit all member servers in Active Directory|
|File Server Auditing||Monitor changes to the Windows system, configuration, program files, file attributes and folder|
|Printer & Removable Storage Auditing||Real time activity reports detailing all printers use|
|Password Reset / Account Unlock||Users can reset their forgotten passwords and unlock their lockedout Windows accounts without calling helpdesk|
|Password Expiry Notification||Notify users to change password before it expires via email||
(only role-based delegation)
|Multi-Platform Password Synchronizer||Synchronize password and account changes across various platforms|
|Employee Directory Update||Employees can update their profile information in Active Directory|
|Group Subscription||Users can opt-in and opt-out of Secruity and Distribution Groups at their will based on policies set by administrator|
|Change Password||Users can change their password from anywhere, anytime|
|Mobile Password Management||Self-Service Password Reset and Account Unlock via Mobile Devices|
|Client Software (GINA/CredentialProvider) extension||Password Reset/Account Unlock from Windows logon screen (CTRL+ALT+DEL)|
|Built-in Reporting Mechanism||Reports on various aspects of user actions and their password status|
|Identity Verification Methods||Users identity are verified before they can reset their password or unlock their account||Security Q&A,SMS/Email based Pin code and Google Authenticator||Security Q&A and SMS/Email based Pin code|
|Client Software extension for Mac OS||Password Reset/Account Unlock from Mac OS X logon screen|
|Features||Description||Exchange Reporter Plus
|Exchange Mailbox Management||Provision, Re-provision and Deprovision mailboxes in Exchange|
|OWA Access Report||Reports on OWA access to Exchange with info on the user, client IP, browser and server used in the process|
|ActiveSync Request and General Report||Reports on sync requests coming from all ActiveSync devices and on policies concerning ActiveSync|
|Exchange Traffic Reports||Mailbox traffic data and the overall messages sent and received in an Exchange organization based on both numbers & size|
|Mailbox Feature based reports||OWA,OMA, POP3,IMPA4, ActiveSync enabled/disabled mailboxes||
(No ActiveSync reports)
|Mailbox Size and Restrictions Report||Get the current mailbox size of Exchange users and users with storage limits|
|Mailbox Size Growth and Content Report||Report on mailbox size growth over a period of time and report to monitor email based on keywords, attachment, etc.|
|Non-Owner Mailbox Logon Auditing||Report on all non–users who have gained excessive rights to access other users’ mailboxes|
|Mailbox Permission Changes Auditing||Reports on all critical changes made to mailbox permissions with details of who changed what|
|Mailbox Property Changes Auditing||Report on the changes made to the mailbox properties|
|Store Changes Auditing||Report on any store mount or dismount and store status|
* - self-service, SSO, auditing, and other components cost extra.
For businesses looking to cut cost on managing Active Directory and Exchange, ManageEngine AD360
offers a comprehensive solution that covers all the bases and much more.
AD360 can audit both Active Directory and Exchange infrastructure to help you comply with IT regulatory laws. Adaxes lacks a dedicated auditing feature.
From mobile apps to multi-platform support for password reset and support for ActiveSync reports to file server/GPO management, AD360 meets all the needs of today’s IT environment. Adaxes lacks many of the useful features that AD360 offers.
AD360 licensing gives you the flexibility to pay only for the components you choose. For example, you can get AD Management at just $495 for unlimited users. Adaxes pricing starts at $1600 for 100 users.
It can be clearly established from the feature comparison table, that ManageEngine AD360 is markedly a better solution for your Active Directory and Exchange infrastructure than Softerra Adaxes.
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
This tool helps me be in command of the technical environment in my Active Directory network. It is easier to find logs and manage more effectively. The cost for the many features got our attention.
Diego PontesTecnisa SATecnisa SA
Just about the best piece of security software that would put a smile on any security administrator
Jacinto GodinhoAdministrator: Quality Assurance and IT Security, Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait
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 O ce 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.
For more information about AD360, please visitwww.manageengine.com/ad360.
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