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As an IT admin, you need to stay in control of your Active Directory (AD), no matter what time it is or where you are. Microsoft's solution to this is Remote Server Adminstration Tools (RSAT), which helps you manage Windows servers—and more importantly, your AD infrastructure—remotely. While RSAT allows you to manage your AD environment from wherever you are, it is accompanied by complexities such as requiring snap-ins for any role that needs to be carried out, lack of reporting, and more.
ManageEngine gives you an alternative with its web-based tool ADManager Plus, allowing you to do so much more than just manage your AD environment.
ADManager Plus allows you to manage your AD, Exchange, Office 365, and Skype for Business (formerly Lync) environments remotely. All you need is an internet connection and a web browser. It simplifies several routine tasks such as provisioning users, cleaning up dormant accounts, and more. It also offers more than 150 pre-packaged reports. Build a custom workflow structure that will assist you in ticketing and compliance, automate routine AD tasks, and much more with ADManager Plus.
Deciding which remote AD management tool to use? Compare RSAT's and ADManager Plus' various features using the following table.
|Bulk AD user management|
|Automation of routine tasks|
|Help desk delegation|
|Custom workflow structure|
|Computer, group, and contact management||*|
|Template and CSV-based management||*|
|Schedule and export reports|
|Supported client OS editions||Professional and Enterprise||All editions|
*: Remote Server Administration snap-in is required.
RSAT—while introduced to make AD administration easy—is cumbersome to use, owing to the numerous RSA snap-ins that need to be installed to manage AD objects. Other administrative actions, such as managing multiple AD objects at once, require PowerShell scripting, which makes things even more complicated and time-consuming.
ADManager Plus, on the other hand, removes a major chunk of the administrative weight off your shoulders with its simple deployment and straightforward interface. In addition to AD objects, you can also manage and report on Office 365, Exchange, G Suite, and Skype for Business (formerly Lync). What more do you need, really?
Fire a shotgun-shell of AD User Management Tasks in a Single Shot. Also use csv files to manage users. Effect bulk changes in the Active Directory, including configuring Exchange attributes.
Monitor logon activities of Active Directory users on your AD environment. Filter out Inactive Users. Reporting on hourly level. Generate reports for true last logon time & recently logged on users.
Unload some of your workload without losing your hold. Secure & non-invasive helpdesk delegation and management from ADManager Plus! Delegate powers for technician on specific tasks in specific OUs.
Create and manage Exchange mailboxes and configure mailbox rights using ADManager Plus's Exchange Management system. Now with support for Microsoft Exchange 2010!!
Get rid of the inactive, obsolete and unwanted objects in your Active Directory to make it more secure and efficient...assisted by ADManager Plus's AD Cleanup capabilities.