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 6.8.4, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Platformx86 2.2 GHz
Memory2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space300 MB free disk space. Additional space will be required depending on the application usage.
This space should exist on a local disk drive rather than a network drive. The space requirement
varies depending on the size of the database.
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Console only)
  • Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (Console only)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2003 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

CAUTION: Spotlight on Active Directory works best when installed on a server operating system. You can install on a workstation operating system (such as Windows 7 or Windows 8), but Database Services and Diagnostic Test Services are not supported.

If you are installing Spotlight on Active Directory on a Windows Server 2003 32 bit member server, you must install an administration tools pack so Native Tools will work. If you launch Native Tools, you will get an error saying the files for the tools cannot be found. These files are not installed on the computer until after the administration tools pack is installed. To install the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack, see http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=16770.

The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (adminpak.msi) is not available on 64 bit versions of Windows. To remotely administer servers from a computer running a 64 bit version of Windows, use Remote Desktop or the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC).

If you are using Windows Server 2008 or later, to get the Native Tools to work, open the Server Manager Console and add Remote Server Administration Tools. For more information on Native Tools, see the Spotlight on Active Directory User Guide.

If you are using Web Reports on Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, ensure the following IIS components are enabled:

  • Common Files (for IIS)
  • Internet Information Services Manager (for IIS)
  • World Wide Web Service (for IIS and World Wide Web Services)
  • Active Server Pages (for World Wide Web Services)
  • You must also have ASP.NET activated in Windows Server 2003 to display the treeview in Storage Analyzer Web Reports. (For more information on ASP.NET, see the Spotlight on Active Directory Quick Start Guide).

If you are using Web Reports using IIS 7.0, ensure the following are enabled:

  • Static Content and Default Document (on Common HTTP Features role services)
  • ASP, ASP.NET, and Server Side Includes (on Application Development role services)
  • Windows Authentication (on Security role services)

For Web Reports, you can install the Web Services (IIS) role using Add Roles Wizard. To modify an existing Web Server role, access the Server Manager and select Server Roles | Web Server (IIS) | Role Services.

Database
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or 2005 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or 2008 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 or 2008 R2 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or 2012 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 or 2014 Express

NOTE: For deployments of 50 or less domains controllers, use SQL Server Express editions. For deployments of 51 or greater domain controllers, use SQL Server standard or enterprise editions.

Software

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 64 bit
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 64 bit

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

Directory Analyzer'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 Directory Troubleshooter.

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack - Real time resource monitoring

Spotlight on Active Directory Pack Real Time Resource Monitoring

Directory Troubleshooter 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

Directory Troubleshooter 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 Directory Analyzer and diagnostic tests provided in Directory Troubleshooter, you are provided with the information you need to resolve issues before they impact your users.