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Active Directory Reports – Video Tutorial
I reviewed an earlier version of Active Directory Reports about two years ago. Since then, quite a few new features have been added, which are the focus of this article. Please note that there is a free version of Active Directory Reports. Check out the comparison table of Active Directory Reports Lite and Pro for more information.
Active Directory Reports
One thing that didn’t change since my last review is the fact that the Active Directory reporting tool is very easy to use. In most cases, you will only need a few clicks to generate an Active Directory report. By the way, Active Directory Reports is not just useful for generating reports. It is also a powerful search tool that allows you to find any kind of information in your Active Directory forest quickly. If you want to get an idea of how to use Active Directory Reports, I recommend having a look at the video above.
The main improvements since my last review are the Custom Reports, Scheduling, and many new preconfigured reports. Actually, the number of available reports doubled from 150 to 300. New reports have been added in all categories, but the main enhancements are the Contacts, Exchange, and Printers tabs, which contain many new and useful predefined reports.
Active Directory Reports – Users Tab
All in all, there are now 10 different tabs for the different report categories: Forest, User, Groups, OU, Computers, GPO, Contacts, Exchange, Printers, and Custom. Each tab has subcategories that are displayed in the left sidebar. User Account Status Reports, User Logon Status Reports, and User Password Status Reports are examples of such subcategories. This allows you to find the appropriate report quickly.
The Custom report tab is the place where you can save your own reports. Generating custom reports is quite easy: right-click a predefined report that already has most of the settings you need, and then save the report under a new name. You can then modify the report with the new wizard by right-clicking the report and selecting “Customize.”
The wizard has three tabs: General Filter Settings, Grid Column Settings, and Membership Settings. The general filter allows you to restrict the displayed AD objects in the report with an LDAP query. The graphical user interface of the filter is very easy to use, and you don’t have to learn fancy LDAP syntax.
Active Directory Reports – Custom Report
There are two choices here: You can use LDAP builder or just paste your own filter. Also you can save your LDAP filter in a binary or text file. It is useful if you want to apply the same filter to several reports .
The second tab is for configuring the attributes for the report columns. The most common attributes are already defined, but you can add any other attribute of the corresponding object type. The membership settings of the third tab enable you to display the group memberships of each object in the report. Note that, depending on the size of your Active Directory, including nested group memberships can significantly slow down report generation.
It is also possible to save report definitions. You can modify any report, save the definition to a file and load it to any other report, without modifying every single report with the same settings. This is very useful for companies with many system administrators. Another small feature is the ability to add a company logo to the reports.
The new Scheduler allows you to run one or multiple reports at specified times. Active Directory Reports can save these reports in various formats (PDF, CSV, TXT, XLS, XLSX, RTF, HTM, MHT ) at a configurable location. Note that the trial version only supports PDF. You can also send new reports via email. I think this is an important new feature. For example, this allows you to automatically generate a daily report of users who were not able to log in because they entered the wrong password, and send the report to an administrator.
Active Directory Reports – Scheduled Report Job
All in all, I believe that Active Directory Reports is a useful tool for every Windows admin. Check out the free trial of the pro version. It will cost you only a few minutes, and you’ll know how the tool works.