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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

Removing computers

Removing a computer only removes it from Certificate Management. You can add it back at any time.

Select Certificate | Certificate Management.
Click Computers.
Filter the list, if necessary. Start typing in the Filter computers box. The list filters as you type.
Click Remove.
Click Close.

Disabling certificate management

You can disable or enable dynamic monitoring of certificates on selected computers. To disable or enable dynamic monitoring of certificate management entirely, see Setting certificate configuration.

If you disable dynamic monitoring of certificates, you can update the Active Administrator® database manually at any time by clicking Sync for a selected managed computer.

Select Certificate | Certificate Management.
Click Computers.
Click Disable.
Click Yes.
NOTE: You also can disable a selected computer by clicking Edit, clearing the Enabled check box, and clicking OK.
Click Close.

Managing monitored objects

You can monitor objects to check for computers that are added or removed. If monitoring is enabled, Active Administrator automatically adds newly discovered computers in the monitored OUs or groups to the Certificate Management window. If a computer is removed, it is automatically removed from the Certificate Management window, if computer removal is enabled.

When editing a monitored object, you can choose to enable/disable monitoring, include/exclude nested OUs or groups, enable/disable automatic removal of computers, or change the credentials used to monitor objects.

Select Certificate | Certificate Management.
Select More | Monitored Objects.

Add OU

Add OUs to the list of Monitored Objects.

NOTE: To reload the list of objects, click Refresh. All selections are cleared and any newly added OUs appear in the list.

Add Group

Add groups to the list of Monitored Objects.

NOTE: To reload the list of objects, click Refresh. All selections are cleared and any newly added groups appear in the list.


Edit a selected object. You can enable/disable monitoring, include nested OUs or groups, allow computers to be removed automatically, and change the credentials.


Remove selected objects from the list of Monitored Objects.


Refresh the list of Monitored Objects from the Active Administrator database.

Click Apply to apply the changes and keep the dialog box open, or OK to save the changes and close the dialog box.

Viewing certificates

The Certificate Management window displays the certificates for the selected computer, while the Certificate Repository displays all the certificates you added. The heading at the top of the display enumerates the total valid, expiring soon, expired, deleted, and broken certificates. The state of each certificate is indicated by an icon so you can easily see the status of the certificates.

If someone deleted a certificate using system-provided tools, the certificate displays at the bottom of the screen. You easily can restore the deleted certificate from the Active Administrator database or install the certificate on another computer.

Broken certificates also display in a pane at the bottom of the screen. You can attempt to repair the broken certificate or override the broken certificate, which replaces the certificate stored in Active Administrator with the broken certificate. See Managing broken certificates.

The displayed certificates are a reflection of the contents of the Active Administrator® database. The display updates automatically based on the synchronization schedule set in certificate configuration. See Setting certificate configuration.

NOTE: If Certificate Protection is enabled (see Configuring certificate protection), the database and display are not refreshed, but the certificates on the computer are checked against the database for differences. If broken certificates are found, email notifications are sent. If auto-repair is enabled, broken certificates are repaired automatically (see Managing broken certificates).
To filter the list of certificates, start typing in the Filter Certificates by Name box. The display updates as you type.

While viewing certificates for a selected computer, you can group the list of certificates by stores or by the state of the certificate.

To group certificates, click Group by | Store or Group by |State.
To remove the grouping, click Group by | Remove Grouping.
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