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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

Restoring a Group Policy object

With Active Administrator, you can easily restore backed up GPOs to repair damaged GPOs or those that were accidentally deleted.

Select Group Policy | GPO Backup.
Click Restore Group Policy.
Select Restore to Domain.
Click Add Domain.


Active Administrator® includes the ability to view event log entries on Windows® 2000 and later client computers so administrators can quickly view Group Policy object application and errors on remote computers. The Client-side Troubleshooting page provides several options to make management easier.

Select Group Policy | Troubleshooting.
Click Retrieve Events.

Refresh Events

Refresh the list of events log entries.

Apply Changes

Apply changes to the logging settings. See Enabling logging.

Update Group Policies

Update group policies. You can choose to force an update even if no changes were made. See Updating Group Policy.

View Logs

View the contents of the user config log or the software deployment log. See Enabling logging.

Enabling logging

By default, no logging is enabled. Be aware that selecting any logging option can cause an increase in disk usage as the log files grow.

Select Group Policy | Troubleshooting.
Click Retrieve Events.

Generate GP events to the Application Event Log

Select Detailed to enable detailed Group Policy logging to the Windows® application log.

Generate logging relating to Software Deployment Group Policies

Select Verbose to enable logging of the Group Policy Application Deployment process.

To view the Appmgmt.log file, select View Logs | Software Deployment Log.

Generate logging for Group Policies relating to User Configuration

By default, Active Administrator® generates a troubleshooting file. To enable detailed logging, select Verbose Logging from the Level list.

To view the UserEnv.log file, select View Logs | User Config Log.
Click Apply Changes.

Updating Group Policy

Select Group Policy | Troubleshooting.
Click Retrieve Events.
Click Update Group Policies.
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