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Want AD Tools - User login auditing, file change activity, etc.

Posted on 2009-04-10
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Relatively new AD environment for us and I am now looking for some good management and/or auditing tools.  It does not have to be free, commerical products are fine, and we are willing to spend a few thousand bucks to get something that is really good.  Looking for some recommendations from a few people.

Some initial thoughts:

- Would like a way to determine if an AD account is presently logged in.  
- What time did that user login
- Better yet, would like to see login/logout activity for the past x days

- File auditing, who changed what, when, who deleted a file, etc.

We just bought Diskeeper's Undelete product so I'm looking for anything else that's cool :)

Thanks!
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by:ryansoto
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You can use the built in auditing tools that come with windows you just need to turn auditing on
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by:rvthost
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How far do the built-in utilities take it?  Just enabling auditing and then pouring through event logs?  I'm looking for something that has a cleaner reporting-type interface.  thanks for the comment.
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http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/enterprisesecurityreporter/
This product is more than just for file/folder permission, it's good  to report Active Directory object status etc. (See attachment)

Active Administrator:
http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/activeadmin/
This one will allow you to restore AD object instantly. It also shows friendly security of AD objects.
AD Activities can be save in a SQL database and you can receive instant alerts when someone create/delete AD Objects etc.
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GFI is the way to go then

http://www.gfi.com/eventsmanager
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Thanks both for the comments!
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