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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

Editing a GPO offline

Once GPO is in the repository, you can check it out for editing offline. When you are done editing offline, check the GPO in, and publish it to Active Directory®.

Select Group Policy | GPO Repository.
Select a GPO, and select Check In/Out | Check Out.
Click Check In.

Modeling GPO changes

Active Administrator® provides increased levels of manageability by way of GPO modeling, which allows you to select a user and computer and view or report on the Group Policy objects that affect those accounts. To get an exact picture of how your actions will affect Group Policy application, you can perform several calculations of what if scenarios, including the addition or removal of these objects from OUs, sites, or security groups, which allows you to quickly view Group Policy object application and errors on remote computers. Recent calculations are automatically saved for easy retrieval at a later time.

Reporting on GPO Modeling allow administrators to see exactly how objects are affected by Group Policy objects and to quickly troubleshoot where application of Group Policies were not handled correctly. Active Administrator provides clear and concise reports that not only show what Group Policy objects are applied, but the effective settings of such policies.

Select Group Policy | GPO Modeling.


Refresh the display.


Create and run a new simulation. See Creating a simulation.

Run Again

Run a selected simulation.

Copy Simulation

Copy a selected simulation to make changes to create a new simulation. See Creating a simulation.

View Report

View the report for the selected simulation.

Save Report

Save the selected simulation report to an HTML file.


Delete selected simulations.

Creating a simulation

Select Group Policy | GPO Modeling.
Click New.
NOTE: You also can select an existing simulation, and click Copy Simulation to create a new simulation by making minor changes.
On the Welcome page, click Next.
Click Next.
NOTE: To reload the list of OUs, click Refresh. All selections are cleared and any newly added OUs appear in the list.
Click Next.
Click Next.
Optionally, click Add for user or computer security groups, select groups, and click OK.
Click Next.
Click Finish.

Managing GPO backups

Another feature unique to Active Administrator® is the ability to back up an entire Group Policy object (GPO) to a folder structure from where it can be restored if needed. This feature provides a high level of fault tolerance and recoverability that was never before possible with any other tool.

Select Group Policy | GPO Backup.


Refresh the display.

Backup Group Policy

Back up group policies. See Backing up Group Policy objects.

Restore Group Policy

Restore selected group policies. See Restoring a Group Policy object.


Delete a selected backup.

Show Settings

Display a selected backed up Group Policy in a report. To print the report, right-click in the window, and choose Print.


Compare two or more selected Group Policy backups. See Comparing Group Policy backups.


Schedule a GPO backup. See Scheduling a GPO backup,

Schedule Purge

Schedule a purge of GPO backups. See .

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