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ManageEngine ADManager Plus Vs Softerra Adaxes

ADManager Plus is a web-based product which offers out-of-the-box features for Active Directory, Exchange Server, G Suite, Office 365, and Skype for Business (Lync) management and reporting. Delegation of role/OU/group-based AD tasks to help desk technicians as well as business users like HRs. Business workflow (request, review, approve, execute) to streamline and control the execution of AD tasks. Automation of AD tasks and critical routines/processes such as create users, AD cleanup, etc,. The ADManager Plus app for iOS and Android devices enables AD Management and reporting on the go.

Softerra Adaxes is an AD management tool which supports workflow, automation and delegation. Adaxes includes two interfaces for Active Directory management: Adaxes Administration Console and Adaxes Active Directory Web Interface. Adaxes Administration Console is a desktop application similar to Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC). Adaxes Web Interface is customizable based on the admin/user/help desk technician accessing it and provides a secure access to the Active Directory environment via a standard web browser.

While most the features are present in both the products, ADManager Plus stands out with some supplementary features . The AD reporting feature has over 150 pre-defined reports pertaining to all AD objects, whereas the reports available in Adaxes are limited. Object Templates for creation and modification can be customized and rules are created to auto-populate attributes if certain conditions are met. AD delegation is based on role, OU and group with the audit reports listing the tasks performed by the technicians and many more.

A high level comparison between ManageEngine ADManager Plus and Softerra Adaxes is listed below.

ManageEngine ADManager Plus

Features Description ManageEngine ADManager Plus
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Softerra Adaxes
Active Directory Management
User Management
  • Add
  • Modify
  • Enable, Disable
  • Move
  • Delete
  • Password Resets
  • Account Unlocks
Bulk user management Modify common attributes of multiple users    
Computer Management
  • Add
  • Modify
  • Enable, Disable
  • Move
  • Delete
Contact Management
  • Add
  • Modify
  • Move
  • Delete
Group Management
  • Add
  • Modify
  • Move
  • Delete
File Server Management Manage NTFS and share permissions    
GPO Management Manage GPOs and manage GPO links associated to OUs, sites and domain.    
Multiple Domain Support      
Active Directory Account creation and modification templates
User creation and modification templates Create and modify bulk accounts by applying customized role-specific templates  

(Customizabl e and Rules can be defined for auto-populatin g the template)


(Only User Creation template is supported)

Active Directory Reports
Pre-packaged reports    

(150 +)


(Limited reports)

User Reports
  • All users
  • Account status reports
  • Logon reports, etc,.
Password Reports
  • Recent logon failures
  • Password expired/Soon-to expire, etc,.
Group Reports
  • Managed/unmanaged groups
  • Security/Distribution groups,etc,.
Computer Reports
  • Workstation computers
  • Managed/Unmanaged computers
  • OS based computers
  • Active/Inactive computers.etc,.
OU Reports
  • All OUs
  • Empty OUs
  • Recently Created/Modified OUs,etc,.
Exchange Reports
  • Mailbox enabled users
  • Distribution List members
  • Default sending size
  • OMA Enabled,etc,.
NTFS Reports      

(Reports generated with the help of PowerShell scripts)

Management from Reports Built-in management functions can be performed from extracted reports. For example, reset password, unlock users.    
Compliance Reports Generate compliance reports - SOX, GDPR HIPAA, PCI    


Report Scheduler Schedule reports to be generated at a specified duration and format and configure the email addresses to which the reports can be sent.    

(Can be done with the help of PowerShell scripting only)

Printing directly from reports      
Export reports Reports can be exported in many formats HTML, CSV, PDF, XLS, CSVDE LDIF, DSML, MS Excel, CSV, Plain Text and HTML
HelpDesk Delegation
Delegation Delegate different tasks to a particular user with a scope limited to specific organizational units and groups, and also track their activities  
  • Role-based / OU-based/Group-Based delegation
  • Audit reports of roles and technicians

(Role-based Delegation supported)

Active Directory Workflow
Customizable Workflow Build a workflow structure, with required number of workflow agents based on your needs  

( Supports notification rules for workflow and assigning rules to assign tasks to technicians)

Active Directory Automation
Complete Automation of vital AD tasks Automate common Active Directory task/routine consisting of sequence of tasks. For instance, Reset password, AD cleanup of objects,etc,.    
AD Search
AD Search Search Active Directory for Users, Computers, Groups and contact information.  

(Employee Search and Directory search is supported)


(AD objects can be searched using web portal)

Other Platforms
Office 365 Management and Reporting
Office 365 Management Office 365 User provisioning and license management    
Office 365 Reports Office 365 reports of users, license, groups    

( Reports are generated with the help of Powershell scripts)

G Suite
G Suite user provisioning and reporting Manage single/bulk user provisioning and reports of users in G suite environment    

(Google Apps account provisioning possible using PowerShell scripting)

Skype for Business Modify Skype(Lync) policies, enable/disable skype (Lync) users    

(Skype for Business activities supported by PowerShell scripting)

Third party integrations
Help desk tools    

(ServiceDesk Plus and ServiceNow)

Syslog support      
Databases   Oracle and Microsoft SQL server Microsoft SQL server

(ManageEngine's SharePoint Manager Plus manages the SharePoint infrastructure )


(Enabled with PowerShell scripts)

Logon Security
Smart card authentication      
Two-factor authentication      
Mobile Active Directory Managemen
Android and iOS app for devices AD Management, reports and workflow on the go on mobile devices    

Can the solution be considered value for money?

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


  • While ADManager Plus fully functions on a web based console along with mobile app support for the ease of administrators with its comprehensive set of features and a GUI, Softerra Adaxes is functions more or less along the likes of the UI of Microsoft Active Directory with a bonus of web interface supporting few features.
  • The pricing model of ADManager Plus is based on the number of domains and help desk technician. There is no limit to number of objects which can be managed using ADMP, thus cutting down incremental costs associated with the growth of the firm. Softerra Adaxes pricing is restricted to the number of objects, this will additionally lead to increasing costs with the company's expansion bringing forth in rise in the objects in the AD environment.
  • ManageEngine has a suite of products catering to AD, help desk, IT security, analytics and many more, in short providing a comprehensive IT management solution for the organization's needs by a single vendor.

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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    Back up and restore AD objects like users, computers, contacts, groups, OUs, GPOs, and dynamic distribution groups.Licenses are based on the number of users only. No restrictions on other AD objects such as groups, contacts, etc.
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