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What makes ManageEngine ADManager Plus unique?

ManageEngine ADManager Plus ADManager Plus is a unified web-based Windows Active Directory (AD), Office 365, Exchange Server and G Suite management and reporting solution. With an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, and purpose-built features, ADManager Plus simplifies a variety of tasks, including AD object backup and recovery, Office 365 license management, and more. It also offers 200+ prepackaged reports on Active Directory, Office 365, Exchange Server, G Suite, and more, including many essential reports for satisfying compliance audits.
Active Directory Pro Tools This is a bundle of tools to simplify and automate a few important and basic AD administrative tasks. Each tool caters to a very specific AD administrative or reporting need like bulk user update, user account unlock, group management, etc. But the bundle does not offer the entire set of capabilities that an organization would require to address all its enterprise-wide identity and access management, privileged account management or access governance needs.

Mentioned below is a table with a detailed feature-wise comparison of ADManager Plus and Active Directory Pro Tools' capabilities.

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AD Pro Tools
Platforms supported
Active Directory    
Microsoft Exchange    
Office 365    
Lync/Skype for Business Server    
G Suite Apps    

Active Directory Management

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User Management
Automated multi-platform user creation Create accounts for users in multiple platforms, AD, Office 365, Exchange Server, G Suite, and more, all at once.    
One-click all-inclusive user creation Create user accounts with all necessary attributes, group membership, and entitlements, in just a single click.    
Single user creation Create just a single user account    
Bulk user creation CSV-based creation of user accounts in bulk    

Available in Bulk User Creation Tool

User creation templates Fully customizable templates with
  • Configurable rules to auto-fill attribute based on rules or conditions
  • Duplicate detection and handling
  • Flexibility to make any attribute mandatory
  • Option to apply customized naming formats
  • Flexibility to make any attribute editable, read-only, or hidden during user creation.
  • Delegate to help desk technicians
   
Automated user creation by integrating with HRMS applications and databases Create user accounts automatically, as soon as a new employee record is added in HRMS/HR applications (Zoho People, Ultipro, BambooHR, and Workday), and MS SQL and Oracle databases.    
Single user modification Modify only a single user account    
Bulk user modification CSV-based bulk user modification    

Available in Bulk User Updater

User modification templates Completely customizable user modification templates with
  • Configurable rules to auto-fill attribute based on rules or conditions
  • Delegate to help desk technicians
  • Option to make any attribute editable, read-only, or hidden during user modification
   
Need-based or focused user modification Option to modify only a specific set of attributes necessary to perform actions like:
  • Reset password
  • Unlock accounts
  • Move users
  • Enable/disable users
  • Group membership management
  • Logon hours modification
  • Profile attributes modification
  • Move/delete home folders
  • Contact Attributes
  • Inheritable permissions, - And more.
  Supports only these features:
  • Password reset, and account unlock (in User Unlock tool)
  • Move users (in Active Directory Cleanup Tool)
Integration with HRMS/HR apps for automated user management Automatically create, modify, and delete user accounts in AD as and when the corresponding record is create, modified or deleted in AD  
Supports:
  • Workday
  • BambooHR
  • Zoho People
  • Ultipro
 
Random password generator Automatically create passwords with necessary password complexities    

Available in User Unlock Tool

Delete users Bulk user deletion    
Restore users Restore deleted users in single or bulk    
Custom script support Custom script execution after successful completion of management actions   -
Disable-Delete policy Whenever a user account is disabled or deleted in AD, automatically perform related actions like:
  • Deleting home folders
  • Exporting or disabling mailboxes
  • Revoking Office 365 licenses
  • Disable G Suite account
  • And more
   
Real-time notifications Configure instant customized notifications to be sent to relevent users upon execution of AD management actions  

(SMS and email)

 
Group Management
Single group creation Create AD a group with all settings, including members.    
Bulk groups creation Create AD groups in bulk using CSV    
Single group modification Modify a single AD group    
Bulk groups modification Modify groups in bulk using CSV   Offers only - Add/remove members (available in Bulk Group Management Tool)
Group creation and modification templates Completely customizable templates with:
  • Configurable rules to automatically update attributes based on conditions
  • Flexibility to make any attribute read-only, editable or hidden
  • Option to delegate templates to help desk technicians
   
Purpose built group management features
  • Move groups
  • Delete groups
  • Manage groups' Exchange attributes
  • Manage groups' organization attributes
   
Dynamic distribution group creation Create dynamic distribution groups using customizable templates    
Computer Management
  • Create
  • Modify
  • Move
  • Enable/disable
  • Delete
  • Restore
  • Reset
  • Customizable computer creation and modification templates with configurable rules, and more
   
Contact Management
  • Create
  • Modify
  • Move
  • Delete
  • Customizable contact creation and modification templates with configurable rules, and more
   
OU Management
  • Create
  • Modify
  • Move
  • Delete
  • Customizable contact creation and modification templates with configurable rules, and more
   
GPO Management
  • Create GPO and GPO links
  • Edit GPOs
  • Enable or disable GPOs
  • Enable or disable GPO links
  • Enforce or make GPOs unenforced
  • Block or unblock GPO inheritance
  • Delete GPO, GPO links
   
File Server Permissions Management Manage NTFS and share permissions    
Active Directory Reports
User Reports Create dynamic distribution groups using custo- All users
  • Inactive users report
  • Locked out users
  • Logon reports
  • And more.mizable templates
   
Password Reports
  • Recent logon failures
  • Password expired/soon-to-expire reports
  • And more.
   
Users' Logon Reports
  • Users' real last logon time
  • Recently logged on users
  • Users never logged on
  • And more
  Offers only
  • Real/true last logon time report (available in Active Directory Last Logon Reporter)
  • Never logged on users reports (available in Active Directory Cleanup Tool)
Users' Account Status Reports
  • Disabled users
  • Locked out users
  • Account expired users
  • Recently account expired users
  • Soon-to-expire user accounts
  • And more.
 

Locked out user report doesn't include lockout source

Offers only
  • Expired, and disabled users report (Available in Active Directory Cleanup Tool)
  • Locked out users report (Available in User Unlock Tool)
Group Reports 15+ predefined reports including
  • Detailed group membership, including nested group membership
  • Managed/Unmanaged groups
  • Security/Distribution groups
  • And more.
  Offers only
  • Empty groups report (in Active Directory Cleanup Tool), and
  • Group membership report (in Group Membership Report Tool; also not sure if this report includes nested group membership also).
Computer Reports 15+ predefined reports including
  • Inactive computers
  • Disabled computers
  • And more.
 

Doesn't offer computer uptime report; This report is available in ADAudit Plus, which is available as a standalone tool or in AD360, in which ADManager Plus is also a module.

  • Offers only one computer based report
  • Computer uptime report (in Computer Uptime Report Tool).
NTFS Reports Detailed reports on NTFS and share permissions assigned on server, and also permissions that users and groups have.    
Contact Reports
  • All contacts
  • Recently created contacts
  • And more.
   
OU Reports
  • Recently Created OUs
  • GPO Blocked Inheritance OUs
  • And more.
   
GPO Reports
  • Domain Linked GPOs
  • OU Linked GPOs
  • And more.
   
NTFS Reports
  • Shares in the Servers
  • Permissions for Folders
  • And more.
   
On-the-fly management from reports Perform context-based AD management operations right from reports. For example, right from the ocked out users report, you can unlock the desired accounts.    
Report Export Export report data in different formats such as Excel, PDF, HTML, and CSV.    
Active Directory backup and recovery
Backup Scheduled full and incremental backup of AD objects.   Offers only folder permissions backup
Recovery Restore AD objects fully, or granularly, at the object or attribute level, as needed.    
Exchange Server and Exchange Online Management and Reporting    
Office 365 Management and Reporting    
G Suite Management and Reporting    
Lync/Skype for Business Server Management    
Custom Reports    
Role/OU-based delegation    
Technician and admin audit Reports    
Active Directory Workflow
Configurable workflow with multiple levels like requester, review, approve, and execute.    
Configurable workflow with multiple levels like requester, review, approve, and execute.    
Automated task assignment    
Request status notification    
Automation
Automate individual tasks
  • User creation
  • Disable computers
  • Move groups
  • Office 365 license management
  • Exchange mailbox management
  • And more.
  -
Automate a sequence of tasks Multiple related tasks can be executed automatically at the specified intervals. For instance, while handling temporary or contract employees, you can automatically:
  • Create user accounts for contract employees at a specific date.
  • After a specific time period, say one year, disable and move the user accounts of the contract employees to another OU.
  • Delete the disabled accounts after the desired period, as per the organizational policy.
   
PowerShell Library Built-in PowerShell snippets to create repors, and create scripts based on need.    
Integrations with third-party tools
HRMS/HR sofware Automatically create, modify, and delete user accounts in AD as and when the corresponding record is create, modified or deleted in AD.
  • Workday
  • Ultipro
  • Zoho People
  • BambooHR
 
Help desk software Allowstechnicians to create, and manage user accounts right from within help desk applications.
  • ServiceDesk Plus
  • Zendesk
  • ServiceNow
 
Databases Whenever a user record is added, modified or deleted in the HR applications having the supported databases as product database, a corresponding user account is created, modified or deleted in AD automatically.
  • MS SQL
  • Oracle
Log forwarding Product's AD management logs can be forwarded to SIEM tools or syslog servers for detailed analysis. Support forwarding to:
  • Splunk
  • Syslog servers
 
Password self-service Allow AD users to reset their passwords and unlock their accounts themselves, without help desk assistance ADSelfService Plus  
Mobile Apps (Android and iOS)    
Accessibility
Single Sign-On    
Two factor authentication    
Web based console    
Multiple Domain Support    

Can the solution be considered value for money?

Component-based pricing model
The Standard edition starts at $ 595

ADManager Plus also offers the following advantages:

  • Multi-platform, AD, Office 365, Exchange Server, G Suite, and more, management and reporting from a single console.
  • Predefined task templates which turn AD management into simple point and click activity.
  • Built-in report library with over 200 reports on AD, Office 365, Exchange Server, and more.
  • OU-based help desk delegation with customizable help desk roles.
  • Customizable multi-level approval mechanism to monitor and streamline all operations in AD.
  • Comprehensive automation capabilities.
  • Real-time notifications about changes made, via the product, in AD.
  • Out-of-the-box integration with help desk software, HRMS/HR software, SIEM tools, password self-service tool, and databases.
  • Web-based access; iOS and Android mobile apps.
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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 ADManager Plus

ManageEngine ADManager Plus is a web-based Windows AD management and reporting solution that helps AD administrators and help desk technicians accomplish their day-to-day activities. With an intuitive,easy-to-use interface, ADManager Plus handles a variety of complex tasks and generates an exhaustive list of AD reports, some of which are essential requirements to satisfy compliance audits. It also helps administrators manage and report on their Exchange Server, Office 365, and Google Apps environments, in addition to AD, all from a single console.

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