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Deploying ADAudit Plus

ADAudit Plus is distributed in the EXE format. It is available in 32-bit (ADAudit Plus.exe) and 64-bit (ADAudit Plus_x64.exe) versions for download.

Installing ADAudit Plus

ADAudit Plus can be installed on any Windows operating system based-machine in the domain with the specified system requirements.

When you install the product, the Professional Edition is loaded, and will work for 30 days. After 30 days, it will automatically revert to the Free Edition, unless the Standard or Professional Edition license is purchased. Check out the various editions of ADAudit Plus.

ADAudit Plus can be installed as an application, or as a Windows service.

Installing ADAudit Plus as an application

By default, ADAudit Plus gets installed as an application. Once you've downloaded and launched the .exe file, follows these steps to install ADAudit Plus:

  1. In the InstallShield Wizard that opens, click Next.
  2. Read the License Agreement, and click Yes.
  3. Choose the destination folder for installation files, and click Next. By default, ADAudit Plus is saved in C:\Program Files (x86)\ManageEngine\ADAudit Plus.
  4. Enter the port number that you wish to use for ADAudit Plus, and click Next. By default, ADAudit Plus uses port number 8081.
  5. Sign up for technical support by providing your business email ID, and click Next. You can choose to skip this step.
  6. Click Next again, to begin installation. This process will take a few minutes. Once installation is complete, click Finish.

Note: When ADAudit Plus is installed as an application, it runs with the privileges of the user who is logged on to the system.

Installing ADAudit Plus as a Windows service (Recommended)

Installing ADAudit Plus as a Windows service is recommended to ensure that event collection does not stop even after a user logs out.

To install ADAudit Plus as a service from the Command Prompt:

After the product is installed, go to <Installation directory>\bin, open an elevated Command Prompt (right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator), and execute InstallNTService.bat

To install ADAudit Plus as a service from the Start menu:

After the product is installed, go to Start menu → Programs → ADAudit Plus → NT Service → Install ADAudit Plus Service.

Note: When ADAudit Plus is installed as a Windows service, ADAudit Plus runs with the privileges of the service account provided in the Domain Settings tab, within the product console. Follow these steps to set-up the service account with only the least privileges required for auditing your environment.

Starting ADAudit Plus

ADAudit Plus can be started as an application or as a Windows service.

Starting ADAudit Plus as an application

After installing ADAudit Plus as an application, go to Windows → ADAudit Plus → Start ADAudit Plus server.

Starting ADAudit Plus as a Windows service

After installing ADAudit Plus as a service, go to Windows → Services → Right-click on ManageEngine ADAudit Plus → Start.

Note: When ADAudit Plus is started in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/Windows 2012/2008 R2/2008/2003 machines with firewall enabled, Windows may display a security alert, asking whether to allow access to the following programs:

  • Database Server
  • Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition binary

Click on Allow access to start ADAudit Plus.

Starting ADAudit Plus

Launching ADAudit Plus

  1. Open a web browser and type http://<hostname>:<port number> in the address bar. The hostname is the DNS name of the machine where ADAudit Plus has been installed, and the port number is the web server port number that was specified during the installation of ADAudit Plus. The default port used by ADAudit Plus is 8081.
  2. Specify the user name and password as admin (for first time users) in the respective fields and click Login.

Note: After launching, ADAudit Plus automatically discovers the local domain and the domain controllers running in it. Login to ADAudit Plus web console → Domain Settings → Configure → Provide Domain Admin credentials, to start auditing. You can select the necessary domain controllers by clicking on the respective check boxes.

If you do not want to provide Domain Admin credentials, follow these steps to set-up the service account with only the least privileges required for auditing your environment.

In case automatic discovery fails, follow these steps to manually add the required domain and domain controllers.

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