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Auditing your Active Directory Network

By Mark Unwin - Open-AudIT Founder and Product Lead

So you have a network consisting of a few subnets, but you’re not exactly sure how many subnets you have, nor what is on them. Or maybe you just don’t have an easily digestible list of subnets. Or maybe you don’t want to setup individual discoveries for your subnets. Don’t fear, Open-AudIT Active Directory Discovery is here to help.

A regular subnet discovery in Open-AudIT asks you to define the subnet (or IP range) you would like to discover. In the case of Active Directory, Open-AudIT can ask Active Directory for a list of the subnets it knows about and run discovery on each of them for you. It’s a very fast way to effectively say “audit all my subnets” without setting up individual subnet discoveries.

Create a new Discovery as usual, but click the ‘Advanced’ button to show the extra fields. Change the type to Active Directory, input the Active Directory Domain Controller you would like to query and the name of your domain. Click the “Submit” button and you will be directed to the Discovery list page.

As always, you will need suitable credentials to audit your computers (be they Windows, Linux, MacOS, AIX, ESX, HP-UX or Solaris), along with SNMP credentials for your printers, switches, routers, et al.

When you click the ‘execute’ button to start the Active Directory Discovery, Open-AudIT will query the specified Domain Controller for a list of network subnets belonging to the domain. Open-AudIT will then create a discovery entry for each subnet (if it doesn’t already exist) and commence discovery for that subnet.

In addition to the devices discovered, if you have provided names for your subnets in Active Directory, the associated networks within Open-AudIT will reflect that name.

It’s just too quick and easy to be across all the devices on your network.

What are you waiting for – find out “What’s On Your Network” today.

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