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Change Auditor for Active Directory 7.0.4 - User Guide

ADAM (AD LDS) object protection

When configured, you can prevent changes to objects in specified ADAM (AD LDS) instances.

ADAM (AD LDS) protection page

The ADAM (AD LDS) protection page displays when you select ADAM (AD LDS) from the Protection task list in the navigation pane of the Administration Tasks tab. From here, you can start the ADAM (AD LDS) Protection wizard to define critical objects to protect from unauthorized modifications. You can also edit existing templates, disable and enable templates, and remove templates that are not longer being used.

The ADAM (AD LDS) Protection page contains an expandable view of all previously defined ADAM (AD LDS) protection templates. To add new ADAM (AD LDS) protection template, use the Add button. Once added, the following information is provided for each template:

Indicates whether the template is enabled or disabled. To enable/disable the template, place your cursor in this Status cell, click the arrow control and select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu.
Excluded from Protection - indicates you selected the Allow option to allow only the selected accounts to change the protected objects.
Included in Protection - indicates you selected the Deny option to allow all accounts to change the protected objects except for those selected.
For Protect Only and Protect Except, click the expansion box to the left of the field to display the individual attributes included in the protection template.

ADAM (AD LDS) protection templates

The ADAM (AD LDS) protection templates defined are global settings and apply to all ADAM instances associated with a Change Auditor agent.

NOTE: If you are planning to use multiple ADAM (AD LDS) Protection templates, see the Change Auditor Technical Insight Guide for more information about how multiple protection templates are evaluated.
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Click Protection.
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Select ADAM (AD LDS) in the Protection task list to open the ADAM (AD LDS) protection page.
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Click Add to open the ADAM (AD LDS) Protection wizard to specify the objects to protect.
Use the Browse or Search pages to locate and select the object to protect. Click Add to add the selected object to the list. Repeat this step to add additional objects.
By default, the scope of coverage is for This object only; however, you can change this by using the drop-down arrow in the Scope cell of the list box and selecting one of the other two options:
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If you want to specify individual users or groups that are to be allowed to make changes to the protected object, click Next to display the Select Accounts Allowed (Not Allowed) to Access Protected Objects page.
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Click Finish to save the protection template, close the wizard and return to the ADAM (AD LDS) Protection page.
NOTE: The Allow option is selected by default indicating that the selected users or groups will be allowed to change the protected objects. However, you can select the Deny option at the top of this page and select individual users or groups that are NOT allowed to change the protected objects. When using the Deny option, you are allowing all users and groups to change the protected objects except for those selected on this page.
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Click Finish to save your changes and return to the ADAM (AD LDS) protection page.

Disabling a template allows you to temporarily stop protection for the specified objects without having to remove the protection template.

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On the ADAM (AD LDS) protection page, place your cursor in the Status cell for the protection template, click the arrow control, and select Disabled.
The entry in the Status column for the template changes to ‘Disabled’.
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To re-enable the protection template, use the Enable option in the Status cell.
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On the ADAM (AD LDS) protection page, place your cursor in the Status cell for the object to be disabled, click the arrow control and select Disabled
The entry in the Status column for the object changes to ‘Disabled’.
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To re-enable an object’s protection, use the Enable option in the Status cell.
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Click Yes to confirm.

ADAM Protection Wizard

The ADAM (AD LDS) Protection wizard displays when you click Add or Edit on the ADAM (AD LDS) protection page. From the wizard, you can define the ADAM objects and attributes to protect from unauthorized modifications.

The following table provides a description of the available fields and controls:

Select ADAM (AD LDS) instance page: The first page of the wizard displays a list of ADAM (AD LDS) instances running a Change Auditor agent in your environment.

ADAM (AD LDS) Instances

This list includes the following information about each ADAM (AD LDS) instance listed:

Agent - this column displays the name of the agent where each ADAM (AD LDS) instance resides.

Select an instance from this list. When prompted, enter the user credentials to be used to access the selected instance.

Select ADAM (AD LDS) Objects to Protect page: On this page, enter a name for the template and select the objects to be protected.

Template Name

Enter a descriptive name for the protection template.

Browse page

Displays a hierarchical view of the containers in your environment allowing you to locate and select the Active Directory object(s) to be protected.

After you have selected an object, click Add to add it to the list.

Search page

Use the controls at the top of the Search page to search your environment to locate an Active Directory object to be protected.

After you have selected an object, click Add to add it to the list.

Options page

Use the Options page to modify the search options or ADAM instance used to retrieve directory objects.

Object list

The list box across the bottom of the page displays the objects selected for protection. Use the buttons located above this list box to add and remove objects.

Add - Select an object in the Browse or Search page and add it to the Object list.
Remove - Select an entry in the Object list and remove it from the template.

By default, the create, modify attributes and delete operations are selected. To change this setting, use the drop-down arrow in the Denied Operations cell and select or clear operations.

By default, the scope of coverage is set to This object only. To change this setting, use the drop-down menu in the Scope cell to select a different scope.

(Optional) Select Attributes to Protect page: By default all attributes for the selected objects will be protected. However, you can use this page to protect individual attributes or to exclude individual attributes from protection.

All Attributes

This option is selected by default indicating that all attributes will be protected from unauthorized access.

Only Selected

Select this option to protect individual attributes. Selecting this option will activate the list boxes on this page allowing you to select the individual attributes to be protected.

All EXCEPT Selected

Select this option to protect all attributes EXCEPT those selected. Selecting this option will activate the list boxes on this page allowing you to select the individual attributes that are not to be protected.

Attributes list

The list box to the left displays all of the available attributes which may be selected for inclusion in the protection template.

NOTE: This list box is not enabled when the All Attributes option is selected.

Add

Use to move the attributes selected in the Attributes list over to the Selected Attributes list.

Remove

Use to move the attributes selected in the Selected Attributes list back over to the Attributes list.

Selected Attributes list

The list box to the right displays the attributes to be included in the protection template.

NOTE: This list box is not enabled when All Attributes are selected.

By default all users and groups are prevented from changing the ADAM (AD LDS) objects selected for protection. However, you can specify individual users or groups that are allowed (not allowed) to change the protected objects.

Allow (Default)

Indicates that the users and groups selected on this page ate the only accounts allowed to change the protected objects.

Use the Browse or Search page to select the user or group accounts.

Deny

Select this if you want to allow all users and groups to change the protected objects except for those selected on this page.

Use the Browse or Search page to select the user or group accounts.

Browse page

Displays a hierarchical view of the containers in your environment allowing you to locate and select the users or groups that will be allowed (not allowed) to change the protected objects.

After you have selected an account, click Add to add it to the list.

Search page

Use the controls at the top of the Search page to locate the users or groups that will be allowed (not allowed) to change the protected objects.

After you have selected an account, click Add to add it to the list.

Options page

Use to modify the search options used to retrieve directory objects.

Override Accounts list

The list box across the bottom of the page displays the user and group account(s) that will be allowed (not allowed) to make changes to the protected objects selected on the previous page of the wizard. Use the buttons located above this list box to add and remove accounts.

Add - Select an account in the Browse or Search page to add it to the Override Accounts list.
Remove - Select an entry in the Override Accounts list to remove it.
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