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Active Administrator 8.5 - Installation Guide

Installation Considerations for Active Administrator System requirements Installing and configuring Active Administrator Appendix: Active Administrator Server Manager

Setting the Active Administrator database

You can either create a new Active Administrator® database or use an existing database; however, you must ensure that an existing database has been upgraded to the latest version before proceeding.

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Select Create a new Active Administrator database.
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Click Next.
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Type the target SQL Server® instance or browse to select a server.
NOTE: If the Trust Server Certificate check box is not selected, Active Administrator will walk the validation chain until it finds a valid authority.
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Click Next.
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Click Next. See Setting the Active Administrator database.
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Select Use an existing Active Administrator database.
NOTE: If the Trust Server Certificate check box is not selected, Active Administrator will walk the validation chain until it finds a valid authority.
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Click Test Connection to validate the database.

Setting the Active Administrator archive database

Next, set the Active Administrator® archive database, which is used to store events. By default, events older than 60 days are archived. You can either create a new archive database or use an existing archive database.

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Select Create a new Active Administrator Archive database.
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Click Next.
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Type the target SQL Server® instance or browse to select a server.
NOTE: If the Trust Server Certificate check box is not selected, Active Administrator will walk the validation chain until it finds a valid authority.
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Click Next.
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Select Use an existing Active Administrator Archive database.
NOTE: If the Trust Server Certificate check box is not selected, Active Administrator will walk the validation chain until it finds a valid authority.
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Click Test Connection to validate the archive database.

Configuring purge and archive settings

NOTE: You can set more options to purge events, GPO history, and Active Directory® backups, and to archive events in the Active Administrator Console.

Event Archiving

By default, events older than 60 days are archived to the Active Directory archive database. To keep all events in the Active Administrator database, clear the check box.

Group Policy History Purging

By default, the GPO History backups are purged after 90 days. To keep all GPO History backups, clear the check box.

Active Directory Backup Purging

By default, Active Directory backups are purged after 90 days. To keep all Active Directory backups, clear the check box.

Inactive User and Computer History Purging

By default, inactive user accounts and computer history are purged after 30 days. To keep all inactive accounts and computer history, clear the check box.

Storing Active Administrator data

The Active Administrator Path Selection page displays the default path to the folder where the Active Administrator data is stored.

The install process creates the ActiveAdministrator share, which contains five subfolders in which Active Administrator data is stored: ActiveTemplates, ADBackups, Config, GPOHistory, and GPORepository. You can create your own share as long as it resides on a server that is accessible by all Active Administrator users. Make sure the share has sufficient hard drive capacity. You can estimate that each GPO initially takes 2MB to back up. Each version saved thereafter is significantly smaller, about 10k on average. If you have a large Active Directory® database, you should have 10GB available.

IMPORTANT: If you create a share manually, you must use the name ActiveAdministrator for that share. Set authenticated users full control on the share permissions. If you would like to restrict permissions further, you can change the NTFS permissions.
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Click Next. If the folder you entered does not exist, you receive a confirmation message.
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