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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.
|NEED||ManageEngine ADAudit Plus
|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.
|Features||ManageEngine ADAudit Plus
|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|
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.
|Features||ManageEngine ADAudit Plus
|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|
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
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