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Active Administrator 8.6 - Web Console User Guide

Active Administrator Web Console Overview Active Directory Health Alerts Notifications Active Directory Health Check
Using the Health Check landing page Creating a Health Check Setting options for Health Check tests Purging Health Check History Health check tests
Forest tests Domain tests Domain controller tests Site tests
Active Directory Topology Reports Network Operations Center

Site details

Information only.

Table 7. Site details

Group caching enabled

Indicates if group caching is enabled or disabled.

Intersite topology generation

Indicates if intersite topology generation is enabled or disabled.

Intrasite topology generation

Indicates if intrasite topology generation is enabled or disabled.

Intersite topology generator

Name of the intersite topology generator.

Domain controllers

Number of domain controllers

Site links

Number of site links.

Too few global catalog servers in site

Indicates if the number of global catalog servers in a given site is less than or equal to the configured threshold.

Supported on: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019
Required permissions: Domain user privilege is required.

Each site in an Active Directory® enterprise should have at least one domain controller configured as a global catalog. The workstation login process always attempts to contact a global catalog server, and if none are running at the site where the workstation resides, the workstation will connect to a global catalog server outside of the site, which can cause excess WAN traffic and unnecessary delays in the login process.


Active Directory Topology


Viewing Active Directory forest topology

For a selected forest, you can view and customize a topology diagram, and quickly see a list of domain controllers with their roles.

Select Monitor | Active Directory Topology.
Every three hours, the Active Administrator® Foundation Service (AFS) server updates the topology data in the cache with the latest data from Active Directory® Service. If you want to update the forest topology data when you run the topology and update the domain controller list, select Update topology. Otherwise, if the check box is not selected, the forest topology data is loaded from the cache.
NOTE: If you typed a forest name that is not in the list of previously discovered forests or if the Update topology check box is selected, a pop-up message displays every 15 seconds while data is being collected by the computer running Active Administrator®. If the forest is large, there may be a delay loading the domain controller list.
To filter the list, start typing in the Search domain controllers box. The list filters as you type. To clear the filter, press Esc.
Click Run.
The Topology tab opens to display an interactive forest topology diagram. The intra-site replication links are shown in blue and the inter-site replication links are shown in gray. You can click and drag the sites and domain controllers to rearrange the diagram. See Customizing the topology layout.


Print the topology diagram.

Zoom to fit

Zoom the diagram to fit the screen vertically. If the diagram fits the screen vertically, zooms the diagram to fit the screen horizontally.

Auto layout

Switch between the current layout and an optimized layout, which minimizes overlap between the site or domain nodes.


Reload the last saved layout.

Save layout

Save the layout for the selected forest topology. See Customizing the topology layout.

Edit layout

Edit the layout for the selected forest topology. See Customizing the topology layout.

Show alerts

Show or hide the server and replication alert status. See Viewing alerts.


View details about the selected domain controller. Details include general information about the domain controller, operating system details, memory size and available space, disk size and available space, network adapters, and alerts.


Displays list of keyboard shortcuts. See Table 3: Keyboard Shortcuts.


Refresh the alerts. If Alert is not selected, clicking Refresh displays the Alert Summary. See Viewing alerts.


Pause the alert refresh.

Domain view

Select to view the domain topology.

Site view

Select to view the site topology.

Alert status

If Alert is selected, displays the date and time of the last update and the number of alerts that match the topology diagram.

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