How to Secure and Audit Your Windows Server Environment with ManageEngine ADAudit Plus 4.1
Windows Server is a critical component of many IT infrastructures, but it also poses significant security and compliance challenges. Unauthorized changes, access attempts, file modifications, and other activities can compromise the integrity and availability of your servers and data. To prevent breaches, data loss, and compliance violations, you need a comprehensive solution that can monitor and audit your Windows Server environment in real time.
ManageEngine ADAudit Plus 4.1 is a user behavior analytics (UBA)-driven change auditor that helps you keep your Windows Server ecosystem secure and compliant by providing full visibility into all activities. With ADAudit Plus 4.1, you can:
Track and alert on account lockouts, logon failures, password changes, and other user activities.
Audit file accesses, permission changes, share modifications, and more across Windows, NetApp, EMC, Synology, Hitachi, Huawei, and Amazon FSx for Windows file servers.
Detect and respond to security threats such as ransomware attacks, privilege escalation, data exfiltration, and insider abuse using UBA.
Generate audit-ready reports for various IT regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, FISMA, and more.
Analyze historical trends and patterns using interactive dashboards and graphs.
ADAudit Plus 4.1 is easy to install and configure, and supports both agent-based and agentless modes of data collection. It also integrates with other ManageEngine products such as ADManager Plus, ADSelfService Plus, EventLog Analyzer, Log360, O365 Manager Plus, and more.
If you want to learn more about ADAudit Plus 4.1 and how it can help you secure and audit your Windows Server environment, you can visit the official website[^2^], read the release notes[^1^], or download a free trial[^2^]. You can also contact the support team[^3^] for any queries or assistance.
In this article, we will show you how to install and configure ADAudit Plus 4.1 on your Windows Server and how to use some of its key features.
Installation and Configuration
To install ADAudit Plus 4.1, you need to have a Windows Server 2008 or later with at least 4 GB of RAM and 20 GB of disk space. You also need to have a domain administrator account and a PostgreSQL or MS SQL database server.
Follow these steps to install ADAudit Plus 4.1:
Download the ADAudit Plus 4.1 setup file from the official website.
Run the setup file as an administrator and follow the installation wizard.
Choose the installation directory and the port number for the web console.
Select the database server type and provide the connection details.
Enter the license details or choose the trial option.
Click Finish to complete the installation.
After the installation, you can access the web console using the URL http://localhost:8080 (or the port number you specified). The default username and password are admin and admin respectively. You can change them later from the web console.
To configure ADAudit Plus 4.1, you need to add your Windows Server domains and computers to the product. You can do this from the Configuration tab in the web console. You can also configure other settings such as email alerts, scheduled reports, archiving, rebranding, and more from this tab.
User Activity Auditing
One of the main features of ADAudit Plus 4.1 is user activity auditing. This feature allows you to track and alert on various user activities such as logons, logoffs, lockouts, password changes, account creations, deletions, modifications, and more. You can also audit user activities on workstations, servers, and terminal servers.
To enable user activity auditing, you need to configure object-level auditing and group policy settings on your domain controllers. You can do this from the Configuration tab in the web console. You can also use the agent-based mode of data collection for user activity auditing if you prefer.
Once user activity auditing is enabled, you can view the reports from the Reports tab in the web console. You can filter, sort, search, export, and schedule these reports as per your needs. You can also create custom reports using the report builder tool.
Some of the user activity reports available in ADAudit Plus 4.1 are:
User Logon Activity - This report shows all successful and failed logon attempts by users across your Windows Server environment. You can also view logon history, logon duration, logon type, logon location, and more details for each user.
User Logoff Activity - This report shows all logoff events by users across your Windows Server environment. You can also view logoff time, logoff type, logoff location, and more details for each user.
User Lockout Activity - This report shows all lockout events by users across your Windows Server environment. You can also view lockout time, lockout reason, lockout source, and more details for each user.
Password Change Activity - This report shows all password change events by users across your Windows Server environment. You can also view password change time, password change type, password change source, and more details for each user.
User Management Activity - This report shows all account creation, deletion, modification, and disablement events by users across your Windows Server environment. You can also view account name, account type, account status, action time, action type, action source, and more details for each event. ec8f644aee