In this post I am going to talk about a 3rd party Active Directory Management Tool from Stellar. I have been evaluating this tool recently & thought to share this with you all. There are many tools available in the market today that IT Administrators use.
As always make sure you test & evaluate it in your test lab environment first before deploying it in your production environment.
Today, almost every organization has a complex user network distributed across multiple departments. Managing large number of users and computers in such big organizations is considered to be a tedious and time consuming job. Most of the organizations use Active Directory Management Services (ADMS) to manage the users in the organization. The Active Directory Management Services is a very useful service to handle a limited number of users in an organization. However, in an organization having large number of users, it is very difficult to manage user accounts and resources. Handling a large number of users manually is extremely time consuming, tiresome, and prone to errors. Moreover, the administrator needs to have an in-depth knowledge about the Active Directory Management Services.
The Active Directory tool also requires various admin inputs and can create further complexities while handling it. The IT administrators come across such challenges almost on a daily basis. For them, resetting thousands of expired and forgotten password of the users is routine work. It is one of the most common tasks handled by an IT administrator. It requires taking the time out from a busy schedule and lowers productivity. The admin also devotes a considerable amount of time while handling groups. Moreover, it allows you to configure or assign various group attributes for just one group at a time. Creating and Managing Contacts in an Active Directory is considered equally important as they have directory information associated with them. It is very important to ensure that a Contact has all the relevant information about a person as it helps in communicating with the people inside and outside the organization. In order to have an authenticated and reliable communication, most of the organization uses Microsoft Exchange Server. The MS Exchange Server works in synchronization with the Active Directory and considered as the backbone of the messaging service. Hence, it is as important as managing Active Directory for any administrator. Managing Microsoft Exchange Server for optimal performance is a very challenging task. Moreover, it is impossible to simultaneously manage Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007/2010/2013 in a single console. When it comes to sharing resources, it brings a major concern of assigning different resources at different levels of a network. The Active Directory uses a very long approach to manage file servers as it handles one user at a time. For example, whenever a new employee is added to an organization, the admin needs to grant him access to various shared resources such as organizational policies, staff details, HR policies, etc. However, granting access to any confidential data is not required, as it may lead to misuse of data. Such permissions need to be carefully granted to ensure data safety and security.
There are many native Exchange and Active Directory tools, which claims to monitor and manage the Active Directory and Exchange to ensure best performance. Most of them tend to fail in handling Active Directory Domain Services. Active Directory Domain Service is a very complex service and lacks a user friendly approach.
Stellar Active Directory Manager is a simple and user-friendly tool, which overcomes all the complexities involved in Active Directory Services. It simplifies the complexities of Active Directory Domain Service and provide you a complete control over Active Directory environment. The tool eases various management operations of Active Directory administrator with complete security and authentication. It comes with a complete set of management tools for efficient management of Active Directory. You can perform bulk operations on the user account, computers, contacts, and groups from a centralized location. It also has an inbuilt feature to run queries and generates detailed log report. It also enables the administrator to manage Resources, Account & Audit policies and resources & devices. Thus it helps in avoiding errors and saves a lot of time and cost.
Some important features offered by the Stellar Active Directory Manager which efficiently addresses these concerns are: · Performs bulk operations on User's, Group, Deleted Objects, Saved Query etc. from a centralized location · Manages policies related to users account, audit, securities, rights, and resource management locally as well as remotely · Schedule events, manage tasks, and assigns rights for users and computers · Manages Sessions, Services , Events and Disk Space on target computers. · Generates AD Reports · Support for Windows 8/7Vista/XP and Windows Server 2008/2003 (32 & 64Bit)
Stellar Active Directory Manager Screenshot
To know more about the tool & get your 1 year free registration key please visit: http://www.stellarinfo.co.in/adm/