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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

Managing GPO backups

Another feature unique to Active Administrator® is the ability to back up an entire Group Policy object (GPO) to a folder structure from where it can be restored if needed. This feature provides a high level of fault tolerance and recoverability that was never before possible with any other tool.

Select Group Policy | GPO Backup.


Refresh the display.

Backup Group Policy

Back up group policies. See Backing up Group Policy objects.

Restore Group Policy

Restore selected group policies. See Restoring a Group Policy object.


Delete a selected backup.

Show Settings

Display a selected backed up Group Policy in a report. To print the report, right-click in the window, and choose Print.


Compare two or more selected Group Policy backups. See Comparing Group Policy backups.


Schedule a GPO backup. See Scheduling a GPO backup,

Backing up Group Policy objects

Back up your Group Policy objects before making any changes. You can restore the backup if a problem arises. You also can create a schedule to back up all the GPOs in selected domains. See Scheduling a GPO backup.

Select Group Policy | GPO Backup.
Click Backup Group Policy.
Click Add GPOs.
If you do not see the desired domain, click Add Forest and locate the forest with the desired domain.

Scheduling a GPO backup

You can create a schedule to back up all the GPOs in selected domains.

Select Group Policy | GPO Backup.
Click Schedule.
To create the schedule, click Set Schedule, select the schedule type, and click OK.
To add domains to the backup schedule, click Add, select the domains, and click OK.

Comparing Group Policy backups

Select Group Policy | GPO Backup.
Click Compare.


Go to the next difference.


Go to the previous difference.


Filter the display to show All, Differences only, Changes only, Added only, Removed only, or Similarities only.


Type characters in the Find box and the cursor automatically goes to the first occurrence.


Go to the next line.

Color Options

Change the colors on the display. Default colors are Yellow for Changed, Green for Added, and Red for Removed.

View Printable

View and print the comparison.


Save the comparison as a Compare file (*.compare).

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