Active Directory Need to audit, analyze and report on AD

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I am looking for some free open source tools to audit, analyze and report on AD. Does anybody know of anything that is free to do this? Appreciate all the information I can get thanks.

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    What kind of information do you want out of AD exactly?
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for the fast response here is what we are looking for.

    aggregate directory information analyze and report on directory information obtained from our multi-directory environment

    here is a link to a program that does what we are looking for but we are trying to find something free and open source here is a link to the other program but it costs money.

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    Audit, Analysis and Reporting for AD... I don't think you'll find that monster for free.  There are several very good products that do that (and more) but they all are not free.

    There's a whole industry around auditing, analysis and reporting of IT infrastructure, so, if you can be a little more specific we may be able to point  you to other bits and pieces that you could put together... and for a lot less money than the products of these companies.

    Other than sunbelt (which is good) you may want to look at:   < they have an auditing solution that is not too expensive, but not free.   <- ChangeAuditor is perhaps the best for AD. Not free either      <-|       <-| These three are the top banana of the bunch (IMHO) Very NOT FREE!  <-|

    They all have products that compete with sunbelt's. (some are very sofisticated (and VERY expensive) some are more limited)

    This is a good book on AD auditing (free):

    This is the first of five very good whitepapers on auditing AD:   (In there you'll find links to the other four)

    These are various articles on how to audit AD:  (no analysis or reports);en-us;814595

    Here's tons of info on IT auditing in general, including some specific info for Windows:

    Here's another ton of documents on several security topics, including many on auditing:



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