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ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs Native Auditing

Continuous monitoring and tracking of authorized and un-authorized changes to the Microsoft Active Directory is an important exercise that each enterprise must follow. This change auditing practice helps in an organization being compliant with regulatory demands, be secure of threats and also in troubleshooting. Built-in Active Directory has limited audit capabilities considering and requires expertise to understand and perform audit functions. ADAudit Plus Active Directory change audit and reporting software, helps in not only overcoming native AD limitations but also provides enhance facilities that makes Active Directory change audit a breeze.

Limitations of Native Auditing - The Native Security log is a wonderful source of data for identifying Active Directory changes. However, inherent limitations highlighted in the following table makes it unsuitable in a business environment that requires swift, accurate and error free audit data that is readily available and be easily acted upon. The features / intelligence used in ADAudit Plus ensure that the native auditing limitations are canceled out. This has been explained in the table below.

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Consolidation of Audit Data Yes, from multiple computers into a single ADAudit Plus Database.  
Decide WHO, WHEN, WHERE and WHAT changes in the Active Directory Reports Manual interpretation
Correlation of Audit Events Pre-configured and customizable Need command over event ids
Audit Trail of Events Intact Cumbersome
Filter and Search Extensive. Primitive and difficult
Alert Pre-defined severity based alerts  
Email Notification of Alerts    
Archival Consolidated; Time-stamped; Easily reproducible Partial

ADAudit plus Advantages- this section discusses on the Advantages that one can gain using ADAudit Plus over and above overcoming the Native Auditing limitations. Advanced options that provides an administrator convenience and helps organizations to be audit ready.

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Comprehensive Reports on AD and GPO changes 150+ canned / Pre-configured reports  
Schedule Reports E-Mail support  
Compliance Ready Reports SOX, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GLBA and FISMA  
Group Policy Settings Auditing Also reports on Permission changes.  
Custom Reports Easy to create  
History Reports    

Other Highlights of ADAudit Plus - In addition to being advantageous to Native Auditing. ADAudit Plus provides additional features that help with modern day auditing requirement.

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Graphical snapshots of Domain AD Changes Yes. Trend lines, Charts, Bar Graphs etc., are used to convey a message in the easiest of formats.  
Accessibility from anywhere in the Domain using a web-browser    
Agentless collection of Audit Data   -
External Auditor Access    
Audit Information from Multiple Domains    
File Server Auditing    
Auditing NetApp Filers    

Can the solution be considered value for money?

Component-based pricing model.
Starts at $595 for 2 DCs

Conclusion:

  • ADAudit Plus provides audit data in the FORMAT (Reports, Graphs and Alerts) that an administrator requires helping them in achieving compliance / change audit goals. The product is wholesome, right from the time a change is initiated in the Active Directory (by providing proactive alerts) to providing audit data several years after change (historical reporting) to assist with forensic analysis.
  • Handling native Active Directory would require skilled experts who come at a cost. ADAudit Plus saves you a lot of money, not to forget, the granularity and comprehensiveness of the audit data.
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  • 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 ADAudit Plus

Though every care has been taken to ensure the correctness of the information provided herein, minor variations might be found in the feature set. In case, you find any discrepancies, please write to us at: support@adauditplus.com

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www.manageengine.com/products/active-directory-audit.
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