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ManageEngine O365 Manager Plus Vs. Native Office 365

Adoption of Office 365 has picked up in big and small businesses, and it is mandatory to monitor them continuously to keep your Office 365 setup secure. Office 365 comes with its own set of pre-configured reports, which only manage to graze the surface of the happenings in your Office 365 environment. The management features provided also lack the knack of managing Office 365 in a simplified way. Another obvious shortcoming of the native Office 365 is the lack of a scheduler to automate generation of reports, and mailing them to administrators at fixed intervals. Native Office 365 also do not provide any auditing reports to audit the happenings in your organization. The audit logs have to be perused wothout any filter features to retrieve the data you want.

Office 365 Reports Office 365 Management Office 365 Auditing

Office 365 Reporting

ManageEngine presents you, O365 Manager Plus which drills down Office 365 to provide you the granular level data. The exhaustive pre-configured reports, provides you knowledge and visibility, which can’t be provided by native Office 365 reports. You can schedule the reports to be generated on a monthly, weekly, daily, or even on an hourly basis and have it mailed to you in CSV, PDF, HTML or XLS format.

The following document will highlight how vastly improved the reporting features of ManageEngine O365 Manager Plus are, when compared to Office 365’s native reporting.

Feature ManageEngine O365 Manager Plus Native Office 365 Reporting
Core Features
Exchange Online Reports Mailbox Users
Inactive Mailboxes
Hidden Mailboxes
Archive Mailboxes
Mailbox Features
Mailbox Message Delivery Settings
Mailbox With Forward To
Migration Statistics
Client Connection Summary
Client Connection by Users
Room Mailboxes
(Not available as a separate report. )
Equipment Mailboxes
(Not available as a separate report. )
Users with Photo
Undelivered Emails
Emails to Invalid Address
Failed Emails Due to Size
Delivered Vs Undelivered Mails
Distribution List Reports Distribution List Message by Subject
Distribution List Mail Statistics
Inactive Distribution Lists
Distribution List Mail Summary
Inactive Distribution Lists
Distribution List Members
Public Folders Report Public Folders
Mail Enabled Public Folders
Mail Enabled Public Folders Items
Mail Enabled Public Folders Statistics
Public Folder Activity
Mailbox Size Reports Mailbox Sizes
Mailbox Size Restrictions
Current Mailbox Size vs Quota
Archive Mailbox Sizes
Mailbox Storage Information
Mailbox Size Over Time
Account Status Reports Recently Created Mailboxes
Disconnected Mailboxes
Soft Deleted Mailboxes
(Does not provide litigation hold details)
Mailboxes with Delegates
Enabled Exchange Users
(Can only be filtered from all users report.)
Disabled Exchange Users
(Can only be filtered from all users report.)
Mailbox Content Reports Folder Message Count and Size
Attachment by File Size
Message by Subject
Mailbox Message Restrictions
Mailbox Clutter Details
OWA Reports OWA Logon by Users
OWA Logon by Browsers
OWA Logon by OS
OWA Locked Users
(Can only be filtered from all users report)
OWA Attachment Policies
OWA Attachment Policy by Users
Address Book Policies
Address Book Policies by Users
Exchange User Activities Non-Owner Mailbox Access
Send as Activities by Non-Owners
Mailbox Login Activities
Exchange User Activities
Shared Mailbox Reports Shared Mailboxes
Shared Mailbox Access
Send as Shared Mailbox
Shared Mailbox Activities
Inactive Shared Mailboxes
Top Used Shared Mailboxes
Shared Mailbox Size
Email Activity
Mails Sent
Mails Received
Mail Traffic Reports Mail Traffic Summary
Email Activity by User
(Does not provide mail activity for individual days)
Top Sender
Top Recipient
Top Spam Recipients
Top Malware Recipients
Detailed Mail Traffic
Spam Traffic Summary
Domain Traffic Summary
Malware Detections
Spam Detections
DLP Policy Matches
Transport Rule Matchestd>
Mail Traffic Policy Match Summary
Email activity by Group
User to User Email Activity
Skype for Business Reports Active Users
Client Devices
Client Devices per User
Peer-to-Peer Sessions
Peer-to-Peer Time
Conferences
Conferences Time
PSTN Usage
PSTN Conference Time
Blocked Skype Users
Skype User Activities
Skype Last Logon
Skype Last Activity
P2P Sessions by User
Organized Conference by User
Participated Conference by User
PSTN Usage by User
Skype Messages by User
Skype File Transfer by User
OneDrive for Business Reports OneDrive Files Accessed
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive File Modifications
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive File Renaming
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive File Movement
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive File Operations
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive Uploads
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive Downloads
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive Deleted Files
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
OneDrive Events Log
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
User Reports All Users
Inactive Exchange Users
Never Logged On Users
Deleted Users
Contact List
Synced Users
(Can only be filtered from all users report)
Recently Created Users
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
Recently Modified Users
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
Recently Deleted Users
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
Users Without Managers
Users With Managers
All Managers
Cloud Users
(Can only be filtered from all users report)
Group Reports All Groups
Group Sizes
Distribution Groups
Security Groups
Group Members
(Can view only one group at a time)
Empty Groups
Groups Accept Mail From
Group Creation Report
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
Group Modification Report
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
Group Deletion Report
(Can only be filtered from audit log reports.)
Groups With Owner
Groups Without Owner
Mail Enabled Security Groups
(Can only be filtered from all groups report)
Groups Accept Mail From
(Can be viewed in individual group settings, but not for all groups at a time)
Groups Last Mail Received
Groups with Disabled Users
Users Not in Group
Users in Multiple Group
Dynamic Distribution Groups
Top ‘N’ Big Groups
Contact Reports Contacts Audit Log
Contact List
New Contacts
Modified Contacts
Deleted Contacts
Inactive Contacts
Contacts Activity
Password Reports Never Expiring Passwords
Soon To Expire Passwords
Password Expired Users
Password Changed Users
Password Unchanged Users
Multi Factor Authentication Status
Mobile Devices Reports Mobile Devices
Mobile Devices by OS
Mobile Devices by Policy
Mobile Devices by Manufacturer
Device Policy Application Status
Mobile Devices by Clients
Folders Synchronized per Device
Devices by Access State
Inactive ActiveSync Devices
Mailbox Security Reports User Mailbox Security
Shared Mailbox Security
Mailbox Retention Policy
Mailbox On Hold
Mailbox Auditing
Users Security Report Admin Roles
Exchange Admin Roles
User Password Settings
Last Password Change
Admin Activities Report Exchange Admin ActivityAzure Admin Activity
InPlace Hold & eDiscovery Activity
Litigation Hold Activity
Mailbox Quota Changes
Mailbox Size Changes
Mailbox Permission Changes
Mailbox Delegate Changes
Mailbox Created
Mailbox Deleted
License Reports License Details
License by Service
Licensed Users
Unlicensed Users
Soon to Expire Licenses Recently Modified Licenses
Compliance Reports SOX Compliance Reports
(Reports to meet the compliance requirement are categorised)

(Reports to meet the compliance might be available but they are not categorised)
HIPAA Compliance Reports
(Reports to meet the compliance requirement are categorised)

(Reports to meet the compliance might be available but they are not categorised)
PCI-DSS Compliance Reports
(Reports to meet the compliance requirement are categorised)

(Reports to meet the compliance might be available but they are not categorised)
GLBA Compliance Reports
(Reports to meet the compliance requirement are categorised)

(Reports to meet the compliance might be available but they are not categorised)
FISMA Compliance Reports
(Reports to meet the compliance requirement are categorised)

(Reports to meet the compliance might be available but they are not categorised)
Additional Features
Manage Multiple Office 365 accounts
Technicians Ability to delegate users with administrative privileges
Customizable Dashboard Ability to choose the reports that you want to be displayed in the dashboard
Embed Dashboard/ widgets to other webpages Embed dashboard/ widgets to webpages
Schedule and send selected reports via email Scheduler to create and send selected reports via email
Export reports for offline use Export reports to CSV, PDF, XLS, HTML
(Only CSV)

Office 365 Management

In your effort to manage your Office 365 setup, native Office 365 features might not meet your needs. O365 Manager Plus comes with sophisticated features to make Office 365 management effortless. It provides feature-based management so you can govern Office 365 components separately.

The following table shows you advanced the management features of O365 Manager Plus are, when compared to Office 365 features:

Feature ManageEngine O365 Manager Plus Native Office 365
Azure Active Directory Block/Unblock users from Office 365 services
Delete users from Azure
Restore users in Azure
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Address attribute changes
(While changing attributes in bulk, different values can be given)

(While changing attributes in bulk, same value should be given)
Change manager
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Change domain
Enable/disable Multi Factor Authentication
Choose authentication method
Choose default authentication method for Multi factor Authentication
Add/remove/modify licenses of users
Remove all the licenses of a user
Group accept mail from (Configure whether the group can accept only internal mails or both internal & external)
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Exchange Online Address book policy changes
Mailbox features settings (Enable \ Disable OWA,EWS,POP,IMAP features of mailbox )
Enable/disable mailtip settings
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Mailbox auto reply configuration (Enable/disable/schedule auto reply with separate messages for internal users)
Mailbox forward to
Message size restriction (Configure maximum size for messages that can be sent and received)
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Enable/disable litigation hold
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Change litigation hold duration
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Change litigation hold owner
(Only one user can be restored at a time)
Enable/disable mailbox audit settings
Configure what actions should be audited for admin, user, and non-owner access.
Mailbox permission settings
Hide mailbox from address list
Unhide mailbox from address list
Convert mailbox to another type
Enable mailbox clutter
Disable mailbox clutter
Enable/disable archive mailbox for user mailbox
Enable Exchange mailbox
Disable Exchange mailbox
Exchange contact attribute changes
(While changing attributes in bulk, different values can be given)

(While changing attributes in bulk, same value should be given)
Delete contacts
Enable/disable mail for public folder
Delete public folder
Additional Features
Manage Multiple Office 365 accounts
Technicians Ability to delegate users with administrative privileges
Customizable Dashboard Ability to choose the reports that you want to be displayed in the dashboard
Embed Dashboard/ widgets to other webpages Embed dashboard/ widgets to webpages
Schedule and send selected reports via email Scheduler to create and send selected reports via email
Export reports for offline use Export reports to CSV, PDF, XLS, HTML
(Only CSV)

Office 365 Auditing

It is a good thing to have your Office 365 setup audited. You need to know who meddled with which file, who purged the emails out of a mailbox, and other activities. Office 365 console does not provide any audit reports. You have only the following two audit logs,

  • Security and compliance audit log
  • Admin audit log

The woes of these logs are that, it is difficult to filter data based on the actions. It allows you to filter data based on the type pf user (admin, user, non-owner, external owner). This is where O365 Manager Plus comes to the rescue.

With O365 Manager Plus, you can generate reports for each and every action separately while you have to peruse the audit logs for required action in native Office 365 reports. You can create your own report views, profiles, and make use of advanced filtering features to retrieve the required data.

To know more about the advantages of O365 Manager Plus over native Office 365 in auditing, click here. The following table compares the auditing features of O365 Manager Plus and Office 365 console. Learn for yourself how, O365 Manager Plus is far better than Office 365 auditing features.

The following table compares the auditing features of O365 Manager Plus and Office 365 console. Learn for yourself how, O365 Manager Plus is far better than Office 365 auditing features.

Feature ManageEngine O365 Manager Plus Native Office 365
Reports for each action  
Native console does not provide reports. You have to search for the required data form the logs
Long term historical data  
Audit data can be stored for indefinite period of time
 
There are limits to how long the audit data will be maintained based on data being audited.
Profile based auditing
Group based auditing
Advanced filtering  
You can search for users in audit log in some records.
Custom views  
You can create your custom views for the audit reports
Business hours auditing  
You cannot set any time-frame for retrieving audit details
Custom views  
Can be exported to PDF, CSV, HTML, or XLS

This table shows you what are all the actions audited by O365 manager Plus and Office 365.

Service Category Action O365 Manager Plus Native Office 365
Exchange Online Mailbox Created and deleted mailboxes
Recovered soft deleted mailboxes
Created, suspended, and resumed mailbox restore requests
Configured mailbox settings
Created mailboxes for existing users
Disabled mailboxes of existing users
Group Created, modified, and deleted Office 365 groups
Created, modified, and deleted dynamic distribution groups
Created, modified, and deleted distribution groups
Added and replaced distribution group members
Deleted unified groups and unified group links
Added members, owners, and subscribers to groups
Exchange user Created, modified, and deleted email users
Modified user attributes
Modified linked user account properties
Exchange Online activities Purged messages from mailbox
Deleted messages form Deleted Items folder
Moved messages to Deleted Items folder
Moved messages to another folder
Created or received messages
Sent messages using send-on behalf permission
Copied message to another folder
Users signed into mailbox
Sent messages using SendAs permission
Focused inbox Enabled or disabled focused inbox for mailboxes
Unified Messaging call answering rule Enabled/disabled UM call answering rules
Site mailbox Created, modified and tested site mailboxes
Synchronisation triggered site mailboxes
Created and modified site mailbox provisioning policies
Role entry Added, modified, and deleted management role entry
Hybrid Updated and deleted hybrid configurations
Configured message flow settings
Created, modified, and deleted OnPremisesOrganization objects
Unified Messaging auto attendant Enabled and disabled UM auto attendants
Created, modified, and deleted auto attendants
Transport rules Transport rule matches
Messages that triggered transport rules
Anti-malware Created, modified and deleted malware filter rules
Created, modified, and deleted malware filter policies
Connector Created, validated, and deleted inbound connectors
Created, validated, and deleted outbound connectors
Created, modified, and deleted intra organization connectors
UM dial plan Created, modified, and deleted UM dial plans
Role assignment Created, modified, and deleted management role assignments
Public folder migration Created, modified, and deleted public folder migration requests
Resumed and suspended public folder migration requests
Resumed and suspended public folder mailbox migration requests
UM IP gateway Enabled and disabled UM IP gateway
Created, modified, and deleted UM IP gateway configurations
Mailbox configuration Configured auto reply settings for a mailbox
Created mailbox folders
Configured publishing or sharing settings on a calendar folder
Mail trace Messages with no delivery status
Messages undelivered or filtered as spam/malware
Messages yet to be delivered
Successfully delivered messages
Messages undelivered due to expanded group membership
Role assignment policy Created, modified, and deleted role assignment policies
Mailflow Modified transport configuration settings
Text messaging Removed text messaging settings
Compared verification codes
Verification codes sent to users’ mobile phone
Text messaging notifications configured
UM mailbox PIN PINs reset for UM mailbox
Accepted domains Modified existing accepted domains
Sharing Created, modified, and deleted sharing policies
Created, modified, Tested, and deleted organization relationships
Created and deleted availability address space objects
Modified access level for free/busy information
Created, and deleted availability configurations
OWA Created, modified, and deleted OWA mailbox policies
Modified mailbox message configuration
Modified mailbox message configuration
Modified wen spelling checker options
Calendar settings applied for users using OWA calendars
Modified S/MIME configuration
Connected accounts New and deleted hotmail, POP or IMAP subscriptions
Created and modified POP subscriptions
Created, and modified IMAP subscriptions
Created and modified hotmail subscriptions
Created, modified, and deleted contact integration subscription
Advanced threat protection (new safe link policy and created safe link policy) Activity alerts in Security → Compliance center
Created, modified, and deleted safe link policies
Enabled and disabled safe link policies
Created, modified, and deleted safe attachment rules
Enabled and disabled safe attachment rules
Created, and deleted safe attachment policies
New phish filter policy configured
UM prompt management Imported and exported UM prompts
Malware detection Messages marked as malware
Spam detection Spam filtered by advanced filters
Messaged filtered as bulk mail
Messages filtered based on content
Messages filtered by transport rule
Messages from blocked users
Messages filtered by content, rules or other configuration
Messages addressed to an unknown recipient
Messages blocked based on SMTP
Messages blocked based on sender IP
Public folder sync Created and deleted public folder sync
Partner app Created, modified, and deleted partner app configurations
Tested OAuth authentication
User photo Modified, and deleted user photos
Unified Messaging mailbox Enabled and disabled UM for mailboxes
Modified UM mailbox properties
Miscellaneous mailbox Imported contacts to Exchange Online mailboxes
Created email messages
Tested MAPI connectivity
Outlook apps Enabled and disabled apps for a specific user
Created and deleted apps
Modified availability of organization apps
Organization Modified mailbox plans
Exchange organisation settings configured
Enabled organization customization
Modified gateway server IP addresses
Remote domains Created and deleted remote domains
Connections configured for a remote domain
Calendar Configured text message notification for calendar events
Modified calendar processing options for resource mailboxes
Inbox rule Created, modified, and deleted inbox rules
Enabled and disabled inbox rules
Mailbox junk configuration Configured junk email rule for specific mailboxes
Mobile device Configured Exchange ActiveSync settings
Mobile device mailbox policy settings applied to server
Configured and deleted device access level for rules
Created and deleted active sync mailbox policies
Created and deleted active sync device access rule
Created, modified, and deleted mobile device mailbox policies
Deleted data from mobile device (twice)
Deleted mobile devices
UM mailbox policy Created, modified, and deleted UM mailbox policies
Mailbox permission Added and deleted folder level permissions
Added and deleted send-as permissions
Added and deleted mailbox permissions
Configured permissions for folders within user mailbox
CAS mailbox settings Modified CAS settings in a mailbox
Federation Configured federated organization identifier
New federation trust set up
Public folder Created and deleted public folder
Hierarchy updated public folders
Mail enbled and disabled public folders
Added and deleted permissions to public folders
Modified mail enabled public folders
DLP policy matches Messages filtered by DLP rule
Messages incorrectly filtered by DLP rule
Messages that override one or more DLP rules
Messages that triggered DLP rules and policy rules
UM hunt group Created and deleted UM hunt group
Role scope Created, modified, and deleted management scopes
Anti-spam Created, modified, and deleted content filter policies
Released quarantine messages
Created, modified, and deleted connection filter policies
Created, modified, and deleted content filter rules
Enabled and disabled content filter rules
Modified outbound spam filter policy
Domain Keys Identified Mail New, rotated, and modified DKIM signing policies
Role group Created and deleted management role groups
Added and deleted management role group members
Modified role groups
Updated role groups
Mail contacts Created, modified, and deleted email contacts
Clutter Configured clutter settings for mailboxes
Mail contacts Created, modified, and deleted email contacts
Management roles Created and deleted management roles
Mailbox move Deleted migration users
Tested migration server availability
Exported migration reports
Modified staged IMAP, and remote migrations
Created and deleted migration endpoints
Started and stopped batch migration process
Created, finalized, and deleted migration batches
Created, modified, resumed, suspended, and deleted move requests
Updated migration requests
Azure Active Directory Azure AD user Added, updated, and deleted user
Azure AD group Updated and deleted group
Created group settings
Added and removed member from a group
Azure AD license Set license properties
Changed user license
Azure AD role administration Added users to admin role
Deleted users from member role
Updated company contact information
Azure account logon Sign-in using password
Sign-in using cookies
Azure STS logon Successful and failed logins
Azure AD app administration Added modified, and removed delegation entry
Added and removed service principals
Added and removed credentials of service principals
Azure AD password Reset user password
Changed user password
Set property that forces user to change password
Updated user credentials
OneDrive for Business OneDrive sync activities Allowed and blocked computers from syncing files
Downloaded and uploaded files
Downloaded and uploaded file changes
OneDrive sharing activities Created, accepted and withdrawn sharing invitations
Created, used, and deleted company-wide share links
Shared and unshared file, folder or site
Created, accepted and denied access requests
Created, used, and deleted anonymous links
OneDrive file and folder activities Renamed file
Moved file
Modified file
Uploaded and downloaded file
Deleted file
Restored file
Checked-in and checked-out file
Discarded file check-out
Copied file
Accessed file
Sway Sway Viewed sway
Enabled and disabled sway
Enabled and disabled sway service
Enabled and disabled external sway sharing
Created, modified, and deleted sway
Shared sway
Revoked sway sharing
Enabled and disabled sway duplication
Modified sway share level
Duplicated sway
Compliance Compliance DLP Exchange DLP policy rule matched
EOP content Viewed compliance security filters
Created, modified, and deleted compliance security filters
Viewed information about compliance search actions
Viewed estimate compliance searches
Created and deleted actions for compliance searches
Created, modified and deleted compliance searches
Started and stopped compliance searches
EOP DLP List sensitive information types
Created, modified, and deleted DLP rules
Created, modified, and deleted DLP policies
Viewed DLP policies
EOP auditing Removed DLP rules
Created, modified, and viewed alerts
EOP security Retrieved a list of management role groups
Retrieved a list of members of management role groups
Retrieved a list of management roles
EOP preservation policy Created, modified, and removed preservation rules
Viewed preservation rules
Created, modified, and removed preservation policies
Viewed preservation policies
EOP user and group Viewed existing group objects
Viewed existing recipient objects
Returned a list of security principals
Viewed existing user objects
EOP eDiscovery Added, updated, and deleted eDiscovery admin
Viewed eDiscovery administrators
Added eDiscovery case admin
Updated eDiscovery case members
Members added and deleted form eDiscovery cases
Created, modified, and deleted eDiscovery cases
MCreated, modified, and removed case hold rules
Viewed existing case hold rules
Created, modified, and removed case hold policies
Viewed existing case hold policies
Compliance DLP SharePoint DLP policy rule matcheds
DLPpolicy rule undone
DLP info
Additional Features
Manage Multiple Office 365 accounts
Technicians Ability to delegate users with administrative privileges
Customizable Dashboard Ability to choose the reports that you want to be displayed in the dashboard
Embed Dashboard/ widgets to other webpages Embed dashboard/ widgets to webpages
Schedule and send selected reports via email Scheduler to create and send selected reports via email
Export reports for offline use Export reports to CSV, PDF, XLS, HTML
(Only CSV)

* Comparison is done based on the information available in the competitor's website. The details may vary with the real product.

Licensing and Pricing:

O365 Manager Plus is licensed based on the number of users/mailboxes. Pricing starts at mere USD 295 for 100 users/mailboxes. You can check the pricing details here.

Conclusion:

The above comparison proves without a shred of doubt that the native Office 365 lacks in-depth reporting and simplified management features. ManageEngine O365 Manager Plus provides all features that the native tools provide, and more.

Note: This document is for comparative purposes only. All the information mentioned here is based on the documents/data available on the competitor’s website. The information provided might vary in the actual product.

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