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Manually having to report on or modify Group Policy settings across your many GPOs is time consuming. Now you can automate modification and audits of Group Policy settings in a repeatable and self-documenting way–saving time and money and preventing costly configuration errors from crippling your environment.
Built-in Group Policy management tools don't have any auditing and change reporting capabilities and you just can't track who made what changes, where and when. NetWrix Group Policy Change Reporter delivers an extensive depth of visibility into GPO changes not found in native Windows auditing capabilities. It collects GPO change data and delivers detailed change history reports and customizable alerts including who made the policy change, from where it was changed and when showing modified GPO setting names with previous and new values to paint the most complete picture of GPO status.
The product records all Group Policy modifications and archives them to enable historical reporting. You can build summary of changes made to Group Policy during any period, to analyze any policy violations that took place in the past. The product can be installed separately but is often downloaded in conjunction with NetWrix Active Directory Change Reporter.
Since passwords are the primary authentication method in Active Directory, strong password policies are essential for securing access. Specops Password Policy, enforces password complexity rules defined by your organization.
A significant limitation with standard password functionality is that only a single complexity rule can be applied across the entire domain, affecting all user accounts in the same way independent of their security risk factor. Specops Password Policy overcomes this restriction by allowing you to specify multiple password policies based on rules you define. It is based on Group Policy technology, and can be configured in any number of group policies within the Active Directory.
Blackbird auditor proactively tracks, audits, reports, and alerts on vital configuration changes—in real-time and without the overhead of native auditing. Automatically generate intelligent, in-depth forensics for auditors and management—and reduce the risks associated with day-to-day modifications.
Groups are currently the most widely adopted method of managing application and resource security; yet 70% of organizations do not have a reliable group management solution. Gaining control over group membership is an essential step in any enterprise compliance initiative. EmpowerID Group Manager provides organizations with centralized workflow and role-driven automation of the entire group lifecycle management process and enables groups to be a strategic part of any initiative focused on security, centralized authorization or compliance.
NetIQ Group Policy Administrator is a solution for planning, controlling, troubleshooting and reporting on Group Policy changes. .
Key Features and Benefits: Offers secure offline repository by reducing the number of privileged accounts, offering secure offline Group Policy management without having to provide permissions within Active Directory; Provides workflow and delegation model by allowing you to push the administration of Active Directory lower in the organization to safely involve all Group Policy stakeholders; Reduces error risk when configuring GPOs by enabling you to configure settings once, and then replicate and apply those settings to GPOs in other domains and even other forests. This feature guarantees that your settings are configured correctly and reduces the risk of accidentally misconfiguring or losing a setting; Provides analysis and simulates the effect of modifying the Group Policy environment using online Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) without having to first deploy the modified GPO.
The main purpose of Active Directory is to provide central authentication and authorization services. Active Directory has native tools for basic administration, but, lack enterprise-class management capabilities that give administrators the ability to view, audit and report on the ever-changing state of their Active Directory infrastructure.
Active Administrator is an Active Directory management and auditing solution that takes over where the management tools supplied with Windows leave off. Active Administrator, the Active Directory solution from ScriptLogic provides administrators the ability to establish, view and enforce delegated security throughout Active Directory management, perform Group Policy management including Group Policy reporting and Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP) as well as auditing and reporting of changes within Active Directory.
Group Policy Manager offers Group Policy Object (GPO) management capabilities, so organizations can deploy and manage GPOs for better security and control of their IT infrastructure.
Built to augment the Microsoft GPMC, Group Policy Manager provides GPO management with additional features such as version control, offline GPO editing, enhanced RSoP reporting, archival and restoration, templates, change notification and approval, quick rollback and a test framework that allows you to securely test changes to GPOs in the lab before implementing into production.
GPAnywhere allows “portable” policies to be created from Group Policy Objects and apply them to any end point including a Virtual Application. GPAnywhere makes Group Policy “portable” to reach beyond AD.
GPAnywhere lets you: Create portable policies; Deliver policies to target devices anywhere; Enforce policies on target devices; Use policy to manage devices outside AD
Regular maintenance of your Active Directory is important for many reasons. One must first understand that the Active Directory database exists on each Domain Controller. So if you have many domain controllers, the information in the Active Directory database is replicated between the doamin controllers on preset intervalls.
Two important pieces in the Active Directory database are the User accounts and Computer accounts in your network environment. Information about the users and computers are thus stored in Active Directory and replicated around the network on the Domain Controllers.