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Active Administrator 8.4 - Web Console User Guide

Active Administrator Web Console Overview Active Directory Health Alerts Notifications Active Directory Health Check
Using the Health Check landing page Creating a Health Check Setting options for Health Check tests Health check tests
Forest tests Domain tests Domain controller tests Site tests
Active Directory Topology Reports Network Operations Center

Viewing Active Directory forest topology

For a selected forest, you can view and customize a topology diagram, and quickly see a list of domain controllers with their roles.

Select Monitor | Active Directory Topology.
Every three hours, the Active Administrator® Foundation Service (AFS) server updates the topology data in the cache with the latest data from Active Directory® Service. If you want to update the forest topology data when you run the topology and update the domain controller list, select Update topology. Otherwise, if the check box is not selected, the forest topology data is loaded from the cache.
NOTE: If you typed a forest name that is not in the list of previously discovered forests or if the Update topology check box is selected, a pop-up message displays every 15 seconds while data is being collected by the computer running Active Administrator®. If the forest is large, there may be a delay loading the domain controller list.
To filter the list, start typing in the Search domain controllers box. The list filters as you type. To clear the filter, press Esc.
Click Run.
The Topology tab opens to display an interactive forest topology diagram. The intra-site replication links are shown in blue and the inter-site replication links are shown in gray. You can click and drag the sites and domain controllers to rearrange the diagram. See Customizing the topology layout.


Print the topology diagram.

Zoom to fit

Zoom the diagram to fit the screen vertically. If the diagram fits the screen vertically, zooms the diagram to fit the screen horizontally.

Auto layout

Switch between the current layout and an optimized layout, which minimizes overlap between the site or domain nodes.


Reload the last saved layout.

Save layout

Save the layout for the selected forest topology. See Customizing the topology layout.

Edit layout

Edit the layout for the selected forest topology. See Customizing the topology layout.

Show alerts

Show or hide the server and replication alert status. See Viewing alerts.


View details about the selected domain controller. Details include general information about the domain controller, operating system details, memory size and available space, disk size and available space, network adapters, and alerts.


Displays list of keyboard shortcuts. See Table 3: Keyboard Shortcuts.


Refresh the alerts. If Alert is not selected, clicking Refresh displays the Alert Summary. See Viewing alerts.


Pause the alert refresh.

Domain view

Select to view the domain topology.

Site view

Select to view the site topology.

Alert status

If Alert is selected, displays the date and time of the last update and the number of alerts that match the topology diagram.

Viewing alerts

Every 300 seconds, the topology diagram is updated to get server alert status from the Active Administrator foundation server (AFS). The node for each domain controller displays in a color to indicate its status.

When replication latency alerts are detected, the color of the link between domain controller nodes indicates the status.

Click Show alerts in the tool bar.
NOTE: If Show alerts is not selected, clicking Refresh also displays the list of alerts.
The list of alerts displays below the diagram in the Alert Summary area. The alert severity, alert name, source, domain, and the alert start time display.
Type the domain controller in the Search alerts box. Only the alerts for that domain controller display.
Click the alert link in the Alert column to view the alert description.
Click Alert details in the Alert description box to view details about the alert.

Customizing the topology layout

You can change the forest topology layout by dragging the domain controller and site objects on the topology diagram. If you chose to save the layout, the layout is associated with the forest in the cache and loads the next time you run the topology on that forest. Each user can create their own layout that is associated with their user account.

Click Edit layout in the tool bar.
NOTE: While you are editing the diagram, the Show alerts check box is cleared and the alerts list is hidden.
NOTE: If the forest topology diagram exceeds the design area, click Zoom to fit the diagram within the design pane.

Ctrl +

Zoom in

Ctrl -

Zoom out

Ctrl + mouse wheel

Zoom diagram in or out

Shift + mouse wheel

Move the diagram horizontally

NOTE: If you previously saved the layout and want to clear the changes you make to the layout, click Undo Layout to return the diagram to the last saved layout. If you have not saved the layout and want to return the diagram to the original state, open the Discover Forest tab and run the discovery again.
Click Save Layout.



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