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Active Administrator 8.3 - Release Notes

Quest® Active Administrator® 8.3

Quest® Active Administrator® 8.3

About this release

Active Administrator® is a complete, integrated, and proactive Microsoft® Active Directory® administration solution that fills the management gaps native tools leave behind. From a single console, the solution addresses the most important areas of Active Directory including security and delegation, auditing and alerting, backup and recovery, Group Policy, health and replication, and accounts and configurations. Active Administrator makes it easier and faster than native tools to meet auditing requirements, tighten security, maintain business continuity, and increase IT efficiency.

Active Administrator 8.3 is a minor release, with new features and functionality. See New features.

New features

As a result of ongoing research and development, and in response to customer feedback, the following enhancements have been made in this release of Active Administrator:

SQL Server® 2017
Once you install the Active Administrator® Azure® Active Directory® Connect Health Monitoring Agent on a computer where Microsoft® Azure Active Directory Connect is installed, you can view a summary of the output of the Synchronization Service Manager; manage the Azure Active Directory Connect Scheduler; view warnings, errors, and events that occurred over the last 24 hours; view a list of the installed connectors, properties, and partitions; and run profiles of selected connectors. Select Active Directory Health | Active Directory Connect and use the tabs to analyze Azure Active Directory Connect.
Added the ability to log out of the Active Administrator Web Console. (user name | Log Out). Added options to manage session timeouts, and expiration and refresh of the authentication token (Start | AA Server Manager | Configure).
The Domain Controller Trend report (Report | Active Directory Health), displays the average performance values on a domain controller.
Active Administrator® was updated from Triple Date Encryption Algorithm (3DES) to Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256). During the configuration of the Active Administrator server for both new installations and upgrades, users are required to create a passphrase. This passphrase is used to generate part of the symmetric encryption key.
Active Administrator® PowerShell cmdlets mirror the included utilities in the AA Server Manager application (Start | Quest | AA Server PowerShell Scripts).
The cmdlets are located at C:\Program Files\Quest\Active Administrator\Server\PowerShell. You can run the cmdlets from the PowerShell console (right-click the cmdlet, and choose Run with PowerShell) or PowerShell ISE (open the cmdlet in ISE and click Run) or use the cmdlets manually. See the Active Administrator User Guide, appendix B for detailed instructions.

Resolved issues

The agent fails to start on Windows Server® 2012 R2 Core domain controllers after upgrading to Active Administrator® 8.2.


Active Directory Health: Alerts are not reporting the correct values in environments using foreign date formats.


Threshold issues occur after applying Active Administrator 8.2 Update 1 on German operating systems.


The AAWkstnSvc service will not start on core machines.


Active Directory Health: The All agents running indicator value is always Yes.


When using a pool agent, rebooting a domain controller does not reset the status of six Active Directory services from Stopped.


The Active Directory Assessment Report displays the Domain Mode as Unknown.


The Start button becomes enabled when the agent is in an unknown state.


Received email notices that indicate the audit agent on the server is experiencing problems writing data to the database.


Active Administrator is unable to print the GPO comparison report.


Active Directory Health: When you stop a DAAgent from within the Active Administrator console, you cannot start it again.


Active Directory Health: When using the Topology Viewer, changes are not saved with moving between the Domain and Site layout.


Received errors on the Active Directory assessment report: Failed to get user information; Length cannot be less than zero.


Active Directory Health: Allow users to exclude domain controllers they do not want to monitor.


Restoring a user that was moved to a different OU shows successful with 0 items restored.


Active Directory Health: Critical Alerts for 6 Services do not clear after domain controller reboots with pool agent.


Failed to open registry path error when synchronizing Certificates on some operating systems.


Password reminder is not sent to Fine Grained Password Policy users when Default Domain Policy MaxPasswordAge=0.


Weekly scheduled reports not coming in on time.


Active Directory Health: Critical alerts occur for DC SysVol disk space and DC DIT Disk space.


Scheduled monthly reports not running or emailing as expected.


Purge tasks sometimes fail when the default SQL database language is British English.


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