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Active Administrator 8.5 - User Guide

Active Administrator Overview Certificates Security & Delegation  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 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 DFSR RDC not enabled DFSR sharing violation DFSR staged file age DFSR staging area disk space DFSR USN records accepted DFSRS CPU load 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 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

Searching Active Directory

Use the Search module to find Active Directory® objects quickly and to perform basic tasks.

Click Search.
If you are looking for a specific object or know part of the object name, type a string in the Search for users, computers, groups, etc. box. You can use the * wildcard character in your search string.
Choose the type of object to search for. If you choose All, every object in the domain is returned. If you want to match the string exactly, select Exact Match.


Move the selected object to a different container.


Rename the selected organizational unit, group, contact, or user.

Add to Group

Add the selected computer, contact, group, or user to a group.


Edit the selected object.

Reset Computer

Reset the selected computer.


Enable the selected account.


Disable the selected computer, contact, or user.


Unlock the selected user.

Change Photo

Change the photo for the selected user or contact.

Delete Photo

Delete the photo for the selected user or contact.

Reset Password

Reset the password for the selected user.


Delete the selected object.

Opening the Web Console

Active Administrator® Web Console extends the functionality of the built-in Windows® management tools for Active Directory® by allowing administrators to view and manage security in a much more extensible interface. You can open Active Administrator Web Console on a variety of devices in the following browsers:

Microsoft® Internet Explorer 11
Mozilla® Firefox® 70

The Active Directory Health dashboard is where you can monitor the overall health of your organization. From the dashboard, you can view Alerts, set up Notifications, run Health checks, and generate Reports. The Active Directory Topology viewer lets you monitor alerts while viewing a customizable topology diagram of your organization. For more information on the Web Console, see the Active Administrator Web Console User Guide.

NOTE: You must configure the web server before you open the web console. See Configuring the web server in the Active Administrator Web Console User Guide.
Click Web Console.


With the Certificates module, you can monitor and manage the certificates in your organization. The two components of the Certificates module enable you to view the certificates on a single computer and to view all the certificates in your organization. Regardless of the view you choose, you easily can view, update, export, install, and remove certificates.

With the Certificate Management feature, you can manage certificates on selected computers in your organization. You quickly can identify certificates that are about to expire and set up automatic email notifications. You also see if certificates were deleted by system-provided tools, and you easily can reinstall the deleted certificate.

With the Certificate Authority feature, you can manage the Certificate Authority (CA) servers, the Active Directory Certificate Service (certsvc), and CA certificates within a selected forest. Quickly see the status of the certsvc, and associated Active Directory objects. Back up CA servers, view processing events, view certificate templates, and search for CA certificates and templates.

With the Certificate Repository feature, you can manage all the certificates you choose to add to the repository. You can sort the list to find the certificates that are about to expire, update the certificate, and install it on selected computers.

The Certificate Search feature enables you to search for certificates based on a variety of search criteria. You can create multiple search definitions that search for certificates on managed computers, in certificate stores on selected computers, and in the Certificate Repository. From the search results, you can install, export, or add to the repository.


Using the Certificates landing page

The landing page displays the active tiles for each computer in the section. 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.

Click Certificates.


Certificate is within the validate date ranges, has not expired, is not broken, and has not been revoked.

Expires Soon

Certificate will expire soon.


Certificate has reached or surpassed its expiration date.


Certificate has been revoked by the authority.

Parent Revoked

Certificate parent has been revoked by the authority.


Certificate was deleted from the target computer.


Certificate managed by Active Administrator does not match the certificate installed on the target computer.

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