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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.
|Features||Description||ManageEngine ADManager Plus
|Active Directory Management|
|Bulk user management||Modify common attributes of multiple users|
|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|
(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|
|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 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||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)
|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 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)
|Databases||Oracle and Microsoft SQL server||Microsoft SQL server|
(ManageEngine's SharePoint Manager Plus manages the SharePoint infrastructure )
(Enabled with PowerShell scripts)
|Smart card authentication|
|Mobile Active Directory Managemen|
|Android and iOS app for devices||AD Management, reports and workflow on the go on mobile devices|
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
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.
For more information about ADManager Plus, visitwww.manageengine.com/products/ad-manager/
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