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(2011-06-19) Free AD Tools For The IT Pro (2)

Posted by Jorge on 2011-06-19

While browsing the internet I found the following AD related tools that might be worth checking out. Have fun!

REMARK: I do not own and do not support these tools. These tools are also not specifically recommended by me, this post is just a "FYI only!" It is your responsibility to test and check out these tools to see if these meet your requirements.

Active Directory Change Reporter

NetWrix Active Directory Change Reporter is an Active Directory auditing solution that tracks and reports all changes made to Active Directory and Group Policy and creates change audit reports that show WHO changed WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE for all changes. The change audit reports list additions, deletions, and modifications made to Active Directory users, groups, computers, OUs, group memberships, permissions, domain trusts, AD sites, FSMO roles, Group Policy objects and settings, AD schema, and all other types of objects. The modification events indicate "before" and "after" values for all modified settings, for example, the previous name of a recently renamed user or how the OU permissions looked like before they were changed.

Click HERE for more information

Group Policy Change Reporter

Powered by AuditAssurance™ technology, NetWrix Group Policy Change Reporter makes Group Policy change auditing task very easy and straightforward. This FREE product sends daily reports detailing every single change made to Group Policy configuration. The reports list newly created and deleted GPOs, GPO link changes, changes made to audit policy, password policy, software deployment, user desktops, and all other settings. The data includes Who, What and When information for all changes with previous and current values for all modified settings.

Click HERE for more information

Active Directory Object Restore Wizard

NetWrix AD Object Restore is a FREE tool that allows you to quickly restore deleted and modified objects in Windows 2003 or 2008 Active Directory without rebooting a domain controller. This freeware tool goes beyond the standard tombstone capabilities in Active Directory and stores more information than what is normally preserved in the AD tombstone. Therefore, it´s much more reliable than other tools based on standard Microsoft Tombstone Reanimation interfaces. Moreover, no tool relying only on the tombstone will be able to revert modified and incorrectly added objects.

Click HERE for more information

REMARK: For other AD object restore tools click here.

Inactive Users Tracker

Inactive Users Tracker automates the management of inactive user accounts. The program periodically checks all user accounts in specified domains and reports all accounts inactive for more than specified number of days.

Click HERE for more information

Logon Reporter

Logon Reporter is a purpose-built product that automatically consolidates and archives all types of logon events from all Active Directory domain controllers and provides rich reporting capabilities. The product stores data in a central location and ensures that no events are lost because of log overwrites.

Click HERE for more information

Password Expiration Notifier

NetWrix Password Expiration Notifier periodically checks all users in the specified Active Directory domain or OU to detect ones whose passwords are about to expire in a specified number of days, and then sends customizable notification e-mails to the account owners. The tool also sends summary reports to system administrators by e-mail. Armed with this tool, administrators can proactively resolve password expiration issues for end-users and service accounts.

Click HERE for more information.

REMARK: I also have a similar tool. For that click here.

Web-based Password Change for Active Directory

NetWrix Web-based Password Change for AD is a very simple and free alternative to a full-featured self-service password management product. It provides a simple web form to change domain passwords remotely for users who don’t have access to the normal logon or Ctrl-Alt-Del screen because they are not connected to the domain, use a Linux, Mac or PDA device. Users just visit an easy to remember URL, enter user name, old password, new password and all set without an extra help desk call.

Click HERE for more information

* This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights!
* Always evaluate/test yourself before using/implementing this!
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2 Responses to “(2011-06-19) Free AD Tools For The IT Pro (2)”

  1. Steve123 said

    Thanks Jorge! These tools are awesome, I’ve downloaded all of them and find Active Directory Change Reporter and Password Expiration to be particularly useful. I definitely recommend this netwrix freeware.

  2. Philippe said


    Let me begin by saying that I applaud your quest for knowledge and just how much you know about Active Directory. When I read your blog, it is clearly apparent as to how much effort and time you have invested in acquiring your knowledge. So my congratulations to you!

    As for these tools, as an Enterprise Admin, I would only like to share that the use of free tools should be done with care, as you too will hopefully agree, because when running them in admin context, should there be any aspect of them that’s untrustworthy, your credentials, workstation and possibly your Active Directory could be compromised.

    I often use the following checklist to evaluate any tool I use, so I thought I would share it with you and your blog’s readers as well – How to Assess the Security of Software Tools being Used by our Admins?

    I think you’ll agree that security is a collective effort, and so we should all be always aware about security risks, security best-practices, and security precautions, and I hope that my little contribution to your blog will be helpful to you and your readers.

    Thank you again for all that you do, and wish you all the best in your quest for knowledge – you are truly very hard working!


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