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Comparing ManageEngine AD360 with Softerra Adaxes

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.

What makes ManageEngine AD360 unique?

  AD360 Adaxes
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 Management & Reports

Features Description ADManager Plus
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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)

Additional Features
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 and File Server Auditing

Features Description ADAudit Plus
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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    

Self-Service Password Management

Features Description ADSelfService Plus
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Key Features
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    
Add-on features
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    

Exchange Management, Reports and Auditing

Features Description Exchange Reporter Plus
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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.    
Exchange Auditing
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    

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 on managing Active Directory and Exchange, ManageEngine AD360
offers a comprehensive solution that covers all the bases and much more.

Here’s why AD360 is a better solution than Adaxes:
  • Powerful auditing component

    AD360 can audit both Active Directory and Exchange infrastructure to help you comply with IT regulatory laws. Adaxes lacks a dedicated auditing feature.

  • Comprehensive set of features

    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.

  • Affordable ‘component-based’ pricing

    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.


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 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.

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