Free Windows Active Directory Tools

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The tools are ordered according to user ratings. To rate a program click on its title and scroll to the end of the review.

  1. FREE: ADManager Plus – Active Directory reports and monitoring (+117 rating, 27 votes)
  2. FREE: Active Directory Reports Lite – Active Directory reporting tool (+114 rating, 26 votes)
  3. FREE: AD Tidy – Identify last logged on user and computer accounts (+49 rating, 11 votes)
  4. FREE: SpecOps Gpupdate – WOL, gpupdate, remote restart (+47 rating, 12 votes)
  5. FREE: ADModify.NET – Modify multiple user accounts in Active Directory (+41 rating, 11 votes)
  6. FREE: Specops Command – PowerShell meets Group Policy (+38 rating, 10 votes)
  7. FREE: AD PHOTO EDIT – Import Exchange Global Address List (GAL) images into Active Directory (+33 rating, 8 votes)
  8. FREE: AD Info – User friendly Active Directory reporting tool (+32 rating, 10 votes)
  9. FREE: AD Query – Search Active Directory (+26 rating, 7 votes)
  10. FREE: Quest Object Restore for Active Directory – Undelete AD objects (+25 rating, 6 votes)
  11. FREE: SolarWinds Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory – Determine effective NTFS and share permissions (+23 rating, 6 votes)
  12. FREE: SysAdmin – Active Directory Management (+21 rating, 6 votes)
  13. FREE: Blackbird auditor express – Real-time Active Directory change monitoring (+19 rating, 5 votes)
  14. FREE: Managed Service Accounts GUI (+19 rating, 4 votes)
  15. FREE: Active Directory Telephone Book (+17 rating, 4 votes)
  16. FREE: Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (+16 rating, 4 votes)
  17. FREE: PowerGUI Active Directory Recycle Bin PowerPack (+15 rating, 4 votes)
  18. FREE: Account Lockout Tools – View lockout status and unlock account (+14 rating, 4 votes)
  19. FREE: ManageEngine Free Active Directory Tools (+14 rating, 3 votes)
  20. FREE: Group Manager – Allows end users to manage Active Directory group membership (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  21. FREE: Softerra LDAP Browser – LDAP viewer and search tool (+11 rating, 3 votes)
  22. FREE: IT Environment Health Scanner – Identify Active Directory problems (+10 rating, 3 votes)
  23. FREE: NetWrix AD Object Restore Wizard – Create Active Directory snapshots (+9 rating, 4 votes)
  24. FREE: ADRestore.NET – the GUI version of ADRestore (+9 rating, 2 votes)
  25. Review: Softerra Adaxes – Automating Active Directory management (+7 rating, 7 votes)
  26. FREE: NetWrix Active Directory Change Reporter (+7 rating, 3 votes)
  27. FREE: Active Directory Explorer – Active Directory Viewer (+7 rating, 2 votes)
  28. FREE: ADMX Migrator – GUI tool for creating ADMX templates and converting ADM files (+6 rating, 3 votes)
  29. FREE: Blackbird Privilege Identity Auditor – Audit logon and logoff (+6 rating, 2 votes)
  30. How to use the Quest AD CMDLETs (+5 rating, 7 votes)
  31. Set up Microsoft LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution) in Active Directory (+5 rating, 5 votes)
  32. FREE: ADREPLSTATUS – Active Directory Replication Status Tool (+5 rating, 2 votes)
  33. FREE: Netwrix Account Lockout Examiner (+5 rating, 1 votes)
  34. Linking an AD security group to a SCCM collection (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  35. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 1: Introduction and licensing (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  36. Is the default Active Directory password policy good? (+4 rating, 4 votes)
  37. FREE: NetWrix Inactive Users Tracker (+4 rating, 2 votes)
  38. FREE: Directory Service Comparison Tool – Restore changed Active Directory objects (+4 rating, 1 votes)
  39. Automatically fill the computer description field in Active Directory (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  40. Group Policy Central Store (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  41. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 4: Portals (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  42. Best practices for securing Active Directory (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  43. Configure Ubuntu with SAMBA and set up the domain controller (+3 rating, 3 votes)
  44. FREE: Group Policy Refresh PowerShell Cmdlet (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  45. FREE: Active Directory Search – Server Admin (+3 rating, 1 votes)
  46. How to install the PowerShell Active Directory module (+2 rating, 4 votes)
  47. Cached domain logon (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  48. How to disable USB drive use in an Active Directory domain (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  49. Fine-Grained Password Policy in Windows Server 2012 (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  50. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 7: Securing AD FS (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  51. Adaxes makes Active Directory easier in education (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  52. Set up Ubuntu as a domain controller with SAMBA on VirtualBox (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  53. Install Ubuntu Server with the netboot.xyz (+2 rating, 2 votes)
  54. Troubleshooting the “Network accounts are unavailable” error in Mac OS X Lion (+1 rating, 5 votes)
  55. FREE: AD Permissions Reporter – View Active Directory permissions (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  56. Move Active Directory users with PowerShell (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  57. How to join a Mac OS X computer to Active Directory (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  58. FREE: Bulk Password Control – Automate Active Directory user object changes (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  59. Raffle: Lepide Active Directory Management and Reporting Tool (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  60. Active Directory and BitLocker – Part 2: Schema update, ACE settings, Password Recovery Viewer (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  61. Exchange Autodiscover in a multi- Forest environment – Part 1: Active Directory (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  62. Configure pinned programs on the Windows Taskbar with Group Policy (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  63. Use PowerShell to get last logon information (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  64. Active Directory auditing – Track user logons (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  65. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 2: Components and traffic flows (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  66. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 5: Settings (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  67. Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 6: Onboarding (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  68. Display access rights on Active Directory OUs with PowerShell (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  69. AD ACL Scanner – Easily generate Active Directory permissions reports (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  70. Setting up Azure AD Connect (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  71. Obtaining the password expiry date with PowerShell (+1 rating, 1 votes)
  72. Active Directory migration overview – Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 (0 rating, 2 votes)
  73. Create an Active Directory report for Excel with PowerShell (0 rating, 2 votes)
  74. If domain controller replication is not working (-1 rating, 1 votes)

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