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Active Administrator 8.4 - User Guide

Active Administrator Overview Certificates Security & Delegation Azure Active Directory  Active Directory Health
Switching to Active Directory Health Using the Active Directory Health landing page Installing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents Using the Active Directory Health Analyzer agent configuration utility Excluding domain controllers Managing the Remediation Library Analyzing Active Directory health Analyzing Azure Active Directory Managing Active Directory Health Analyzer alerts Managing alert notifications Pushing alerts to System Center Operations Manager and SNMP managers Managing monitored domain controllers Managing data collectors Active Directory Health Templates Managing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents Using the Troubleshooter Recovering Active Directory Health data
Auditing & Alerting Group Policy Active Directory Recovery Active Directory Infrastructure DC Management DNS Management Configuration
Using the Configuration landing page Managing tasks Defining role-based access Setting email server options Configuring SCOM and SNMP Settings Configuring Azure Active Directory Setting notification options Setting Active Template options Setting agent installation options Setting recovery options Setting GPO history options Setting certificate configuration Setting service monitoring policy Managing archive databases Migrating data to another database Setting a preferred domain controller Setting up workstation logon auditing Managing configuration settings Setting user options Managing the Active Directory server
Diagnostic Console Alerts Appendix
Domain controller alerts
Active Directory Certificate Services service is not running Active Directory Domain Services is not running Active Directory Web Services service is not running Consecutive replication failures DC cache hits DC DIT disk space DC DIT log file disk space DC LDAP load DC LDAP response too slow DC Memory Usage DC properties dropped DC RID pool low DC SMB connections DC SYSVOL disk space DC time sync lost Detected NO_CLIENT_SITE record DFS Replication service not running DFS service is not running DFSR conflict area disk space DFSR conflict files generated DFSRS CPU load DFSR RDC not enabled DFSR sharing violation DFSR staged file age DFSR staging area disk space DFSR USN records accepted DFSRS unresponsive DFSRS virtual memory DFSRS working set DNS Client Service is not running Domain controller CPU load Domain controller page faults Domain controller unresponsive File Replication Service is not running File replication (NTFRS) staging space free in kilobytes GC response too slow Group policy object inconsistent Hard disk drive Intersite Messaging Service is not running Invalid primary DNS domain controller address Invalid secondary DNS domain controller address KDC service is not running LSASS CPU load LSASS virtual memory LSASS working set Missing SRV DNS record for either the primary or secondary DNS server NETLOGON not shared NetLogon service is not running Orphaned group policy objects exist Review the reported orphaned GPO folders in the local SYSVOL and remove any that are obsolete. Physical memory Power supply Primary DNS resolver is not responding Secondary DNS resolver is not responding Security Accounts Manager Service is not running SRV record is not registered in DNS SYSVOL not shared W32Time service is not running Workstation Service is not running
Domain alerts Site alerts Forest alerts Azure Active Directory Connect alerts
Event Definitions PowerShell cmdlets

 Active Directory Health

Active Directory Health proactively monitors and troubleshoots Active Directory® so that you can deploy Windows Server® with confidence.

NOTE: The first time you open the Agents option, the Managed Domain Controllers page display is empty. The first task is to install an Active Directory Health Analyzer agent. See Installing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents. Once an agent is installed the Managed Domain Controllers page lists the domain controllers monitored by Active Directory Health Analyzer agents. See Managing monitored domain controllers.
NOTE: If you are a current user of Quest® Directory Analyzer® and Directory Troubleshooter, you have the option of switching over to Active Directory Health gradually or all at once. See Switching to Active Directory Health.

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Switching to Active Directory Health

Active Directory Health incorporates key features from Quest® Directory Analyzer® and Directory Troubleshooter. If you are a current user of Directory Analyzer and Directory Troubleshooter, you can switch over to Active Directory Health gradually, or right away.

Using the Active Directory Health landing page

The first time you open the Active Directory Health module, a message displays that you need to configure Active Directory® forests. Click Manage Agents and install at least one Active Directory Health Analyzer agent. See Installing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents.

Once you have installed at least one Active Directory Health Analyzer agent, the Active Directory Health landing page displays summary information for about forests, domains, sites, domain controllers, and alerts. Active tiles display summary information for each domain that is configured in Active Administrator®.

The Summary area displays a summary of the forests, domains, sites, and domain controllers.

Table 35. Summary area

Forest

Number of forests being monitored.

Domains

Number of domains in the forest, including domains not being monitored.

Domain controllers

Number of domain controllers in the forest, including domain controllers not being monitored.

Agents

Number of installed agents.

Global catalog servers

Number of global catalog servers in all domains.

Read only domain controllers

Number of read-only domain controllers (RODCs) in all domains.

Sites

Number of sites in all forests.

Bridgehead servers

Number of bridgehead servers in all sites.

Monitored domain controllers

Number of monitored domain controllers.

Unmonitored domain controllers

Number of unmonitored domain controllers.

All agents running

All schema versions consistent

All schema masters consistent

All naming masters consistent

All PDC masters consistent

All infrastructure masters consistent

All RID masters consistent

All functional levels consistent

Indicates the status of the object in all forests and domains. If one object has a problem, the status becomes No.

The Alerts area indicates the total number of critical, and warning alerts for the forest. The chart shows alert history over the past 12 hours. If you pause the cursor over the graph, you can view the number of critical, and warning alerts that were triggered or created during the hour, and the number of active alerts that occurred during the hour.

An active tile displays for each domain being monitored by Active Administrator®. The active tiles automatically update every 30 minutes, but you can use the icons to refresh the tiles at any time. You also can pause and resume the refresh of data. To customize the active tile refresh, see Setting general user options.

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Select Active Directory Health.
Click the Summary area to open the Analyzer window for the forest. See Analyzing the health of a forest.
Click the Alert Summary area to open the Alerts window. See Viewing alerts and alert history.

Installing Active Directory Health Analyzer agents

To monitor Active Directory domains, an agent is required. You can install the agent on each domain controller that you want to monitor, which is called standalone mode. You also have the option to install the agents on servers in a pool that are used to monitor selected domain controllers. Installing the agents into a pool helps to distribute the workload. Finally, once you run the wizard, you can set up automatic deployment, which deploys either the agent to newly discovered domain controllers or adds the domain controller to the pool of agents.

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