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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

Automating audit agent deployment

Once you have installed an agent into a domain, Active Administrator® can monitor the domain for new domain controllers. When a new domain controller is discovered, the agent can be automatically installed on that domain controller. You also have the option to just notify users of a new domain controller so they can install the agent manually.

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Select Auditing & Alerting | Agents.
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Click Auto Deployment.
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On the General tab, select Enable automated agent deployment and notification.
Table 71. Install options

Install on target Domain Controller(s)

By default, the audit agent is installed on the newly discovered domain controllers.

Audit from an agent on the following computer

Select to install the audit agent on a computer in the domain. Type a computer name in the box, or browse to locate a computer.

NOTE: The Active Administrator Agent service can also run under a domain user account provided it is a local administrative account, which gives it the rights to log on as a service, log on locally, and manage auditing and security log, or an account with these privileges granted individually. This account should also be a member of the AA_Admin group, which by default is located in the Local groups of the server where the ActiveAdministrator database is located. If the group is not found in this location, the settings during the initial database creation were modified and the group can be found under the Users container object of Active Directory®.
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Select Auditing & Alerting | Agents.
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Click Auto Deployment.
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On the General tab, select Enable automated agent deployment and notification.
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Select Only notify users.
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Canceling pending automated deployments

When you set up Auto Deployment, you set a wait time between discovering domain controllers and installing the agent. During that wait time you can cancel the installation.

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Select Auditing & Alerting | Agents.
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Click Auto Deployment.
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Click Pending Installations.
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Select a pending installation, and click Cancel automated agent installation.
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Managing alerts

Alerts give you the opportunity to combine different alert conditions into a set that is sent to specified individuals. You can also add a filter to the condition set to further isolate audit events for the email recipient.

The Alert page shows the alerts in the top pane and the alert history for a selected alert in the bottom pane. You can size the panes by dragging the horizontal split bar up or down.

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Select Auditing & Alerting | Alerts.
Table 72. Alerts tool bar

Refresh

Refresh all alerts.

Refresh Selected

Refresh selected alerts.

New

Add a new alert. See Creating an alert.

Edit

Edit an existing alert.

Delete

Delete a selected alert.

More

Enable or disable alerts. Suspend or resume email notifications. See Managing alerts.

Notification Policy

Set the policy for alert notification emails. See Changing the alert notification policy.

Global Quiet Times

Set global alert quiet times for all alerts. See Setting global quiet time.

Alert History

Filter the alert history, view details on an alert history item, resend an alert in an email, or run a report. See Setting global quiet time.

Creating an alert

A wizard guides you through creating a new Active Administrator® alert. Alerts provide you the opportunity to combine different conditions into one alert that is sent to specified email recipients. You also can add a filter to the alert to further isolate audit events for the recipient.

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Select Auditing & Alerting | Alerts.
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Click New.
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On the Welcome page, click Next.
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Click Next.
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Click Add and type the email address to receive notification of the alert.
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Click Next.
To filter the list, type text in the Filter box. The list changes as you type characters. The definitions displayed contain the characters you type. For example, if you type com, the definitions displayed may contain the words Completed or Computer.
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Click Next.
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Select if the email Contains or Does not contain the condition text.
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By default the filter conditions are combined using the OR operator. If you want to connect with the AND operator, select AND all conditions.
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Click Next.
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Select Enabled. To disable a quiet time, clear the check box.
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Click Next.
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Select Enabled. To disable a threshold, clear the check box.
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Click Next.
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Select Enabled. To disable an action, clear the check box.
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Click Insert.
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Click Next.
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Click Finish.
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