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ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus vs PWM – Open Source Password Self Service

The prime objective of self-service password reset software is to allow end-users who have forgotten their passwords or have their accounts locked-out, to securely reset their passwords and unlock their accounts without help desk intervention. This eliminates password related calls to the help desk, improves employee productivity, and helps your business save on cost.

ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus and Google sponsored PWM serve this purpose. The following comparison juxtaposes the features of these two solutions to help you make an informed decision on which software best fits your business needs.

Key differentiators that set ADSelfService Plus apart from PWM:

Complementary Self-Service Features: Self Directory Update and Mail Group Subscription to further boost the self-service capabilities of users.
Free Password Expiry Reminder: Remind users via SMS or email to change their domain passwords before they expire. This feature is 100% free with no restrictions on user count.
GINA/CP/Mac OS X Login Agent: Login agents for Mac and Windows allow users to reset their passwords and unlock their accounts from the log in screen of their machines.
Automatic/Forced Enrollment: Enroll users without their intervention by importing enrollment data like challenge questions and answers, mobile numbers, email ID, etc., from a CSV file or force them to enroll when they log in to their machines.
Real Time Password Synchronizer and Change Notifier: ADSelfService Plus’s password sync agent synchronizes password changes with a range of cloud applications and on-premise systems in real time, and also immediately notifies users about the change.
Native Mobile Apps: Reset passwords on the go with dedicated mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Key Features ADSelfService Plus

Features Description ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus
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Password Reset Users can reset their forgotten passwords without calling help desk    
Account Unlock Users can unlock their locked out accounts without calling helpdesk    
Password Expiry Notification Notify users to change password before it expires    
Account Expiry Notification Notify users and their managers about impending accout expiry    
Password Change Notification Notify users when their passwords are changed/reset natively in Windows  

(real time notification)

 
Employee Directory Self-Update Employees can update their profile information such as contant number in Active Directory    
Password Synchronizer Synchronize Windows password changes with onpremise and SaaS applications    
Mail Group Subscription Users can opt-in or opt-out of Distribution Groups    
Employee Search Users can search for their colleagues information    
Organization Chart Users can find their position in the organization hierarchy    
Change Password Users can change their password from anywhere, anytime    
Automatic Password Reset/Account Unlock Automatically reset passwords when they expire and unlock accounts when they are locked-out    
Accessibility
Web and Mobile based Portal Users can access the selfservice portal from a web or mobile browser    
Android and iPhone Native Mobile Apps Android and iPhone apps for ‘on the go’ password reset and account unlock    
Windows Login Agent Users can access the selfservice portal from the Windows login prompt    
Mac Login Agent Users can access the selfservice portal from the Mac OS X login prompt    
Multi-factor Authentication
Available Authentication Techniques Authentication techniques available to verify users’ identity Challenge Questions, Email & SMS-based OTP and Google Authenticator Challenge Questions, Email & SMS-based OTP, Passphrases, and PIN
Enrollment Options
Forced Enrollment Users can be forced to enroll when they log in to their system    
Enrollment Reminders Users can be asked to enroll by sending them an enrollment reminder    
Auto Enrollment Import enrollment data from a CSV file and enroll users without their intervention    
External Database Support Reuse Security Q&A data of users from your inhouse database  

(Supports Oracle, MS SQL, MySQL)

 
Override Active Directory Password Policy Create a custom password policy that overrides your AD domain password policy  

(supports multiple password policies based on OUs and Groups)

Not Known
Real Time Password Reset/Change Notification Users & Admins receive a real time notification as soon as a password change/reset is performed    
Password Reset/Account Unlock Email Notifications Notify users upon successful password reset / change / account unlock  

(Email and SMS notifications)

 
Enforce Password History Enforce Active Directory Password History Settings during password reset    
CAPTCHA Verification A challenge-response test used to determine whether or not the user is human    
Restrict Inactive Users Restrict disabled, expired, deleted users from using the application    
Session Timeout Users are automatically logged out if they are idle for a specified period of time    
Block Users Users who repeatedly fail password self-service will be automatically blocked for a few minutes    

Additional Features

Features Description ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus
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OU and Group based configuration Configure features and settings based on OU and Groups    
Single Sign-on Automatically log in users with their domain credentials using NTLMv2 authentication    
Multi-language support Built-in support for multiple languages  

(Supports 17 languages)

 

(Supports 18 languages)

Rebranding Customize the self-service portal with your own name, logo, etc.    
Help Desk Module
View Password Status Help desk technicians have the ability to view password status of end-users    
View/Edit user data Help desk technicians have the ability to view and edit endusers’ enrollment data    
Reset Password & Unlock Account Help desk technicians have the ability to reset password & unlock account of end-users  

(they can only verify and approve password reset)

 

Reporting Capabilities:

Key Features Description ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus
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Administrator’s Dashboard Dashboard which details all key user related information    
User Action Audit Reports Reports on user actions, their password status and more    
Password and Account Status Report Reports on users with soon-toexpire passwords, locked-out users, password expired users    
Enrollment Status Report Report on users’ enrollment status    
Export Reports Reports can be saved for later use in a target file format such as HTML, PDF, CSV, etc.    
Report Scheduler Scheduler to generate and send selected reports via email    

Can the solution be considered value for money?

Component-based pricing model
The Standard edition starts at $ 595 for 500 users

The professional version starts at $ 1195 for 500 users.

Conclusion

  • ADSelfService Plus has a rich set of features with fine-grained settings for each feature that ensures users never seek assistance from the help desk for their password related problems. Also, the complementary features will further reduce the calls to the help desk from end-users. ADSelfService Plus can be set up easily in a matter of minutes, and its intuitive web-based UI will ensure that end-users easily embrace password self-service.
  • PWM, on the other hand, offers only standard password reset and account unlock functionalities. It lacks some of the basic features that will ensure the success of password selfservice such as forced enrollment. It is also difficult to set up and maintain.
  • Furthermore, being an open source software, PWM lacks official support. You have to rely on online forum for any assistance with the product. Meanwhile, ADSelfService Plus has a dedicated 24x5 email, voice and chat support, a fledging online forum, a plethora of knowledge base articles and technical guides to assist you.
  • Overall, ADSelfService Plus will give you a better return on investment by ensuring that password reset calls are a thing of the past in your organization.

 

 

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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 ADSelfService Plus

ADSelfService Plus is from the ManageEngine family where we are continuously dedicated to providing quality products and are constantly involved in adding new features and enhancements. ADSelfService Plus facilitates a switch between ManageEngine products using a Jump to option ADManager Plus and ServiceDesk Plus.

For more information about ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, please visit

www.manageengine.com/products/self-service-password
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