Spotlight on Active Directory Pack

Active Directory real-time diagnostic tool instantly identifies and resolves problems

Easily monitor Active Directory performance and issues.

Get the information you need to resolve issues before they impact users, with Spotlight™ on Active Directory Pack. This troubleshooting and diagnostics tool monitors Microsoft Active Directory performance and can help you improve user productivity. With quick and easy deployment, you can obtain next-step suggestions and invaluable diagnostic data just minutes after installation. Even if you’re a beginner, there’s no learning curve, so you can use Spotlight immediately after deployment to help identify the root cause of MS Active Directory problems.

Features

  • Expedites resolution with intelligent interpretation and easy-to-understand troubleshooting tips
  • Alleviates time-consuming manual troubleshooting and improves administrator productivity
  • Pinpoints and diagnoses directory problems using in-depth troubleshooting diagnostics
  • Delivers early warning of directory problems for fast, efficient prevention and resolution
  • Provides error resolution with context-sensitive knowledgebase that provides practical advice
  • Integrates with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 and 2012 64 bit only
  • Improves system uptime through real-time visual indication of resource bottlenecks on domain controllers and drill-down resolution capability
  • Allows administrators to make critical AD decisions by trending analysis data and providing a graphical summary of the most essential parts of AD
  • Enables real-time diagnostic analysis of remote DCs
  • Offers more than 100 customizable tests and automated repairs
  • Diagnoses and alerts on critical Active Directory conditions—including replication, Operations Masters, active directory DNS functions, domain controllers, Global catalogs and application partitions — in real-time
  • Provides an exchange view that highlights how active directory impacts exchange environments
  • Flexible Topology View allows you to filter Active Directory view to focus diagnostic efforts

Specifications

Before installing DirectoryAnalyzer, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

DirectoryAnalyzer Client

The DirectoryAnalyzer Client connects to a DirectoryAnalyzer Enterprise Agent.

Operating systemA machine running on any of the following minimum platforms:
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP3
  • Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Windows Vista

DirectoryAnalyzer Enterprise Agent

The DirectoryAnalyzer Enterprise Agent is responsible for fulfilling client requests and consolidating and generating alerts.

Operating systemMember server running on any of the following minimum platforms:
  • Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
Additional softwareEnterprise Agent Software and Configuration:
  • The DirectoryAnalyzer Enterprise Agent must be installed on a member server.
  • SQL Server 2000 SP3 or MSDE 2000 or Full and Express versions of SQL 2005\2008.
  • WMI must be installed and running if a consolidator connection is desired.

DirectoryAnalyzer DC and Site agent

DirectoryAnalyzer DC and Site agents can be deployed to domain controllers (DCs) to monitor conditions and events on these servers. These agents will then report all alert information to the DirectoryAnalyzer Enterprise Agent.

Operating systemMinimum:
  • Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008

DirectoryTroubleshooter

Before installing DirectoryTroubleshooter, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Workstation requirements

  • The user must have login credentials in to a Domain in the Forest that you are testing against.
  • Windows 2000 (SP4), Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP (excluding XP Home Edition), Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.
  • Windows Installer Service Version 2 or higher (if necessary, this will be installed and will require a reboot).
  • The DirectoryTroubleshooter Client works best with monitors running at a resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher.
  • Internet Explorer 6 or higher is required to enable the Print Preview feature in the DirectoryTroubleshooter client.
  • Local Administrator rights are not required to run DirectoryTroubleshooter, Admin rights are required to Install, License, or Uninstall
    DirectoryTroubleshooter.
  • Windows .Net 2.0 components are required for installation. If you do not have .Net components installed, you will be
    prompted to install during the DirectoryTroubleshooter setup.

Spotlight on Active Directory

Before installing Spotlight on Active Directory 6.8.1, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Platformx86 2.2 GHz
Memory 1 GB RAM
Hard disk space 150 MB free disk space. Additional space will be required depending on the application usage.
Monitor SVGA at 1024 x 768, 16-bit (65535) color
Operating system
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Console only)
Mandatory software
  • IIS 5.0
  • MDAC 2.8
  • Microsoft Management Console 3.0 (supported on Windows 2003 and Windows XP platforms only)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (for System Center Operations Manager 2007)
  • Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0
  • SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4), SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2005 Express, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 Express
NOTE: For deployments of 50 or less domains controllers, use SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4), SQL Server 2005, or SQL Server 2005 Express Standard Edition or MSDE 2000. For deployments of 51 or greater domain controllers, use SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4), SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2005 Express Enterprise Edition.
Optional software
  • Quest InTrust® for Active Directory 2.5
  • Quest InTrust 9.5
  • Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007
Spotlight on Active Directory now supports:
  • SQL Server 2012
  • Installation on Windows Server 2012
  • System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 and 2012 64 bit only
  • Monitoring Active Directory 2012 domains
Spotlight on Active Directory no longer supports:

Language supported:

  • US English

Resources

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack videos

  • Video
    Detect, Diagnose and Repair AD Issues In Three Simple Steps

    Resolve Active Directory replication, performance and availability issues before they impact users and deteriorate productivity. With useful diagnostic data and next-step suggestions you can easily diagnose the root cause of Active Directory problems and maintain the health of AD while creating significant cost-savings for your organization.

Screenshots

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Spotlight on Active Directory Pack

Take a tour of key functionality in Spotlight on Active Directory Pack interface to experience its capabilities and ease of use.

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Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Live topology view

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Live Topology View

Spotlight on Active Directory's Live Topology View displays the entire AD site and replication infrastructure. It visually indicates where replication, performance and availability problems exist in the environment with a simple green=good and red=bad paradigm.

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Dashboard

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Dashboard

DirectoryAnalyzer's interactive dashboard provides proactive, real-time diagnostic information and statistics to quickly identify and prevent problems.

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Integrate

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Integrate

Test and troubleshoot enterprise wide directory issues through intelligent integration with DirectoryTroubleshooter.

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Real time resource monitoring

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Real Time Resource Monitoring

DirectoryTroubleshooter provides in-depth, real-time DC information via a highly graphical interface so you can quickly identify problem areas and repair Directory issues in seconds.

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - KnowledgeBase

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack KnowledgeBase

DirectoryTroubleshooter includes an in-depth knowledgebase to help streamline and repair Active Directory issues before they cause downtime.

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Alerts

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Alerts

With integration between Active Directory alerts raised in DirectoryAnalyzer and diagnostic tests provided in DirectoryTroubleshooter, you are provided with the information you need to resolve issues before they impact your users.