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Active Administrator 8.5 - Release Notes

New Required Software

The following software is required for Active Administrator 8.5.

Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.7.2

Active Directory Health enhancements

Create a notification in which the selected alert should be included. Select Active Directory Health | Alerts | Create Notification.
Set the notifications in which the selected alert should be included. Select Active Directory Health | Alerts | Add to Notification.
Select the event logs for which an alert should be generated. Select Active Directory Health | Agents | Monitored Domain Controllers | Settings | Domain Controller | Event Log.
Install the Active Directory Health Analyzer agents into a pool or onto domain controllers manually. Copy C:\Program Files\Quest\ActivAdministrator\Server\SLAgent\DAAgent to C:\Windows and use Setup.exe -help to see the usage details of the available parameters.

Web console enhancements

This report displays the Top N domain controllers that are running out of disk space on the drive that hosts the directory service database. Select Report | Active Directory Health | Top N Lowest free disk space on the selected DC In Last Week, Month.

Other enhancements

You can now manage Active Administrator active templates and delegations using the Windows PowerShell interface. To open the PowerShell Console with the ActiveAdministrator module imported, select Settings | AA PowerShell Console. To display all cmdlets in the module, use Get-Command -Module ActiveAdministrator.

You can now select the accounts for which events will be excluded from auditing. Select Auditing & Alerting | Event Definitions | Exclude Accounts.

When managing certificates, there is now an option to select a group containing the computers to be monitored. You can include nested groups or monitor groups for added or removed computers. Select Certificates | Certificate Management | Computers | Add | Select Group.

The option to view Monitored Organizational Units has been changed to Monitored Objects and now includes Groups. Select Certificates | Certificate Management | More | Monitored Objects.

When managing certificates, there are new options related to purging Certificate Authority Backups.

You can now schedule the purge of GPO backups. Select Group Policy | GPO Backup | Schedule Purge.

The All Users view now contains the option to display a column indicating when Smart Card Logon Required is set. This column is displayed by default. Select Security & Delegation | Security | View | All Users | Columns | Smart Card Logon Required.

The All Users view now contains the option to filter the results based on whether or not Smart Card Logon Required is set. Select Security & Delegation | Security | View | All Users | Filters | Time | Smart Card Logon Required.

You can now make a copy of the selected active template and choose the category to which the copy should belong. Select Security & Delegation | Active Templates | Copy.

You can now exclude password reminders by domain with the following options.

Select Security & Delegation | Password Reminder | Exclusions.

The Server Manager now contains a Security Manager where you can manage the passphrase, file security, and database security. Open AA Server Manager and select Security Manager | Manage.

When SQL Full-Text Search is enabled, it now shows the current index status. Clicking on the index status will update it. Open AA Server Manager and see SQL Full-Text Search.

Web Server Configuration now contains an option to Enable Windows Authentication for the web login. To support Smart Card Authentication, you must enable Windows Authentication and use the Microsoft Edge browser when logging into the Active Administrator Web Console. Open AA Server Manager and select Web Server Configuration | Enable Windows Authentication.

The Active Administrator for Azure Active Directory module has been removed from the Active Administrator Console and the Active Administrator Web Console.

The default TCPConnectionPoolingEnabled value for deployed AD Health agents is now maintained during upgrades. The default value is now True.

The Active Administrator share is now created with Authenticated Users permissions instead of Everyone - Full Control permissions. You can modify the permissions of the share to only allow access to the service accounts used by Active Administrator services and by the users who run the Active Administrator console.

When creating a new archive database, the default database and log size will now be based on the size of the SQL Server System Database model. Previously, the default database and log size was 50MB.


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