How to Safely Audit Active Directory with Free Tools

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In this article, we will discuss how you can secure Active Directory using free tools, and how you can choose a safe and secure Active Directory security auditing tool.

To maintain a secure Active Directory network, a solid security auditing system is crucial. In this article, we will discuss how you can ensure Active Directory’s security using free tools, and how you can choose a safe and secure Active Directory security auditing tool.

There are many free tools available to meet the different requirements of IT departments, including for security matters like event tracking and auditing. You do not need a license to run these tools, and you can even share these tools with anyone you wish.

These utilities are usually single-purpose tools that are either supplied by the vendors or by third parties.

Why you Need a Free Active Directory Auditing Tool

You may want to use a free Active Directory security audit tool because of the following reasons:

  • To trial a free version of a more comprehensive auditing solution in your environment before purchasing.
  • To fulfill all basic and vital Active Directory security audit requirements without committing to any purchases.
  • To get valuable visibility into vital Active Directory changes to satisfy compliance and security requirements.

The Potential Drawbacks of Free Active Directory Audit Tools

There are a few things that you must consider before downloading and implementing such free tools:

  • Some free audit tools may require a lot of manual work and thus may prove more effort than they’re worth.
  • Lacking automation, the audit results of these tools depend on the skills of the auditor. For example, a skilled user using a manual approach may notice more vulnerabilities on a server than another user, because the later one didn't run the utilities correctly or misinterpreted the results.
  • In some cases, they may fail to present the correct picture of the network.
  • Sometimes the tool you choose may not always correctly assess a risk.
  • It is also possible that in search of a free Active Directory security audit solution you download a malicious, unverified tool that puts your systems and network at risk. Be careful!

Other Things to Consider

  • Do some basic background checks about the vendor before downloading their tool.
  • Enquire how many servers and workstations it supports.
  • Will the vendor offer you technical help for the time you use the tool?
  • Is it easy to install, use and uninstall?
  • How reliant on this tool will you be? Is it sufficient for your security needs? If not, then what other tools will you need?

LepideAuditor offers a free Active Directory auditing tool, it is trustworthy, safe and supports thorough Active Directory auditing.

LepideAuditor freeware edition

LepideAuditor freeware edition is a free version of our award-winning LepideAuditor for Active Directory – an Active Directory configuration change auditing solution. The tool can give auditors a basic overview of Active Directory changes.

The application provides visibility into what exactly is happening in your network. Unlike the LepideAuditor’s enterprise edition, the tool doesn’t need license. Once installed, it’s yours, for free, forever.

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