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InTrust 11.3 - Preparing for Auditing and Monitoring Active Roles

Monitoring Active Roles Server Policy Compliance

Maintaining corporate administrative policies is one of Active Roles Server's most important tasks. Active Roles Server prevents violation of policies it defines. If policies are violated outside Active Roles Server, it detects the violations. In either case, Active Roles Server makes detailed log records.

You must manually schedule policy compliance checking.

The Knowledge Pack ensures that you are notified of policy violations, whether attempted or successful. For example, you can monitor situations when there are multiple attempts to access certain resources. The most likely explanation is that some person or application keeps trying to gain access to the resource and failing at each attempt.

Normally, such situations are detected after the event and investigated by analyzing logs or reports. The Knowledge Pack provides monitoring rules that notify you of policy violations in real time.

Tracking Active Roles Server Operation

You can track Active Roles Server health, availability and performance in real time. This is done with InTrust rules, which help detect and resolve issues in a timely fashion and keep Active Roles Server functional.

Rules, through alerts, mainly provide information about the following:

  • Situations when the Active Roles Server service is unavailable
  • How the service uses available system resources
  • Whether the conditions in the environment are suitable for the service’s successful operation

Putting It to Work

The Active Roles Server Knowledge Pack lets you perform the following operations:

  • Gather Active Roles Server-related audit data
  • Report on the gathered data
  • Get notified of Active Roles Server issues in real time

The workflow for these tasks is no different from working with data for other InTrust Knowledge Packs. It includes working in InTrust Manager, InTrust Monitoring Console and, optionally, InTrust Knowledge Portal.

The following three sections deal with installing and using these InTrust components for the tasks:

  • Installing the Knowledge Pack
  • Data Gathering and Reporting
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Business-Critical Events

Installing the Knowledge Pack

To set up the Knowledge Pack, run the ARS_KP.*.*.*.*.msi installation package from the Additional Knowledge Packs\Knowledge Pack for Active Roles Server folder in your InTrust distribution.

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