How to get health check reports using PowerShell

Setting up Active Directory (AD) is quite simple. However, once the AD is up and running, you need to periodically review it to keep it functioning smoothly. Since AD allows you to manage your objects, servers, shared files, and other resources in the network, it is imperative to keep it glitch-free. A health check will analyze your AD to discover any potential flaws that could adversely affect your security posture.

Here are some ways to analyze the health of your AD:

Review the status of the replication, including the percentage of replication attempts that have failed, the replication partner as well as the status even for a specific domain controller, in a report.

Powershell script

repadmin /replsummary

Force replications, ie. if a specific domain controller needs to be synced with other DCs, and identify if the sync was successful or not.

Powershell script

repadmin /syncall /Aped

Find the last time your domain controllers were backed up

Powershell script

Repadmin /showbackup

Get a list of all the Domain Controllers in Active Directory

Powershell script

DSQUERY Server -o rdn

Analyze the state of domain controllers in a forest or enterprise. You can analyze a single DC or all DCs in a forest and report any problems to help in troubleshooting

Powershell script

DCDiag

Using ADManager Plus, you can get information on all the servers, domain controllers, and workstations in the form of pre-packaged reports. Apart from that, you can manage your Active Directory objects, file servers, and their permissions granularly.

Highlights of ADManager Plus:

  • Manage AD, Exchange, Office 365, Skype for Business, and G Suite from a single console.
  • Utilize more than 200 pre-packaged AD reports or create custom reports.
  • Create Exchange mailboxes in bulk for AD users and groups.
  • Create Office 365 users in bulk with appropriate licenses via templates or CSV.
  • Automate routine operations like user provisioning and AD clean up.
  • Execute AD tasks on a ticket basis with a multi-level workflow.
  • Get reports for regulatory compliance like SOX, GLBA, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, and more.
  • Manage AD while mobile with iOS and Android apps.
  • Embark on your script-free AD management, reporting, and automation journey with ADManager Plus.
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