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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

Managing GPO history

History is kept for all Group Policy objects (GPOs) in your domains. The Group Policy history service automatically checks for changes and saves the changes to a file share on your network. The default folder created during installation is GPOHistory.

In GPO history, you can see exactly who made changes to the group policies and what they changed. If you do not like a change that someone made, you can roll back to a previous version of the GPO.

Select Group Policy | GPO History.


Refresh the Group Policy History list.

Edit GPO

Open the Group Policy Management Editor for the linked GPO.

Edit Comments

View basic information about a GPO history item, and add or edit comments.


Remove the selected GPO history item.

Remove GPO

Remove the selected GPO.

Roll Back

Rollback the GPO to the selected GPO history item. See Rolling back Group Policy.

More | GPO Settings

View detailed settings of the selected GPO history item.

More | Show Changes

View changes made to a selected GPO history item. You can export the report to a PDF, HTML, MHT, RTF, Excel, CSV, Text, or Image file.

Rolling back Group Policy

If you notice changes that were not supposed to occur, you can roll back to a previous version of the Group Policy object (GPO). Rolling back causes the GPO to be set back in time to the exact settings as they were at a previous date.

Click Group Policy | GPO History.
Select if you want to roll back the GPO Security Filters and/or GPO Links.
Click Yes.

Upon completion of the rollback, the list of GPO revisions increase by one to ensure that the GPO is applied the next time polices are refreshed.

Using the GPO repository

Active Administrator® provides an offline repository for editing Group Polices. The offline repository makes a copy of the Group Policy object (GPO) that you can edit without interfering with the normal operation of Active Directory®. When editing is complete, you can publish the changed GPO to Active Directory in a single operation.

The offline repository uses a system of checking in and out to maintain the integrity of the GPOs in the repository. When a GPO is added to the repository, it is actually a copy of the GPO that gets added; the actual GPO is not affected. The copy in the repository can then be checked out and changed, and then checked in and applied when needed. When a GPO is published from the repository, a copy of the GPO is then copied over the online GPO, thus effectively making any changes to that GPO live.

Select Group Policy | GPO Repository.


Refresh the GPO’s in Offline Repository list.


Write over the GPO in Active Directory with the selected GPO in the offline repository. See Editing a GPO offline.


Add a copy of the Active Directory GPO to the repository. See Adding a GPO to the repository.


Remove the selected GPOs from the repository.

Edit GPO

Edit a checked-out offline GPO. See Editing a GPO offline.

Check In/Out

Check out a GPO for offline editing. When you are finished editing, check the GPO back into the repository. See Editing a GPO offline.

More | Offline GPO Settings

Show the unique id, number of revisions, created date, modified date, status of computer and user settings, Group Policy filters and Group Policy links for the selected Group Policy object in the selected domain.

More | Compare Offline GPO to Live GPO

Prior to publishing an offline GPO to Active Directory, you can compare the offline GPO to the live GPO. See Comparing Group Policy objects.

Adding a GPO to the repository

During installation, Active Administrator® creates the GPORepository folder, which is located in the Active Administrator folder. When you check in a GPO into the repository, a copy of the GPO is placed in this folder. All changes you make to the GPO are stored in this folder until you choose to publish the GPO or discard the changes.

NOTE: You also can select Group Policy | Group Policy Objects, select a Group Policy object, and select More | Add to Repository. See Managing Group Policy objects.
Select Group Policy | GPO Repository.
Click Add.
If you do not see the desired domain, click Add Forest and locate the forest with the desired domain.
Click Refresh, if necessary.
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