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Date: Jan 4, 2013
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Hello All,

I've recently been delegated the management of a small OU and I need to generate some Active Directory based reports so I'm in search of the best free Active Directory reporting tool.

I've trying to decide between adfind, ad info, ad query tool, aduc admin and ad reporter.

Which one of these free Active Directory Reporting tools is recommended?

Scottie



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Date: Jan 8, 2013
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Amigo,

Hola from Mexico City! We have used adfind for some of our weekly Active Directory reporting, and it is quite good. We have also tried ad info bit it seems like up-sell to a not-free version.

The adfind seems to be completely free, and has command-line ability also. Only issue I think is that is not supported, so if we run into some issue, then there is no technical support available.

Gracias,

Rafael.



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Date: Feb 5, 2013
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Hi Scottie,

I think adfind and ad info are both good free Active Directory Reporting Tools. Although there are some differences (the former being a command-line tool and the later a GUI based tool), they can both help you with your basic reporting needs.

Adios

Jimmy. 



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Date: Feb 12, 2013
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Hi Scottie,

I have used both adfind and ad info and found them to be almost on par. We liked adfind's power and ad info's GUI. They're both good free AD reporting tools; they're just not supported.

We no longer use free tools though, because recent corporate security policies updates now forbid the use of free tools in our corporate environment. Luckily, there's a lot of choice and we found a good, cost-effective AD reporting tool that isn't free, yet quite affordable and does the job for us.

Cheers Mate

Mathias.



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Date: Feb 12, 2013
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I like the fact that ad info has a GUI, so I think ad info is better.



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Date: Feb 12, 2013
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I think ad reporter is pretty good and cheap as well, so it gets my vote.



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Date: Feb 12, 2013
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Scottie,

I have used ad info in the past and I thnk it is one of the better free AD reporting tools.

> Rob



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Date: Feb 28, 2013
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Guys,

If you don't mind me asking, why on earth would you be looking for free Active Directory reporting tools? I ask only because, as you may know, with the increase of Cyber threats to organizaitonal infrastructures, hackers have started resorting to creative ways to get inside corporate environments, and a free Active Directory reporting tool gives them one of the easiest ways to get in.

In todays cyber security climate, its too much of a risk to download anything that there's not a company standing behind, because should something happen, you don't want to be the one blamed for downloading that tool, or it could cost you your job and your reputation.

Besides, with so many Active Directory reporting tools available for such economical prices, why would anyone want to take on the risk associated with using free Active Directory reporting tools. For instance, today, you can can buy many good Active Directory reporting tools for under $200.

The only other thing I'll say is that if you're reason for downloading a free Active Directory reporting tool is that your organization doesn't budget, I think you have a bigger problem, because what it indicates is that your organization doesn't even have $200 to empower its admins to do their job securely. (If this IS the reason, if I were you, I would find another employer!)

Sorry to dampen your discussion, but no one in their right minds should be downloading anything that's free into their corporate environment from the Wild Wild Web in today's cyber security climate, especially not AD reporting tools which are being used by privileged domain admins!

My advice to you is to (at a minimum) get a basic economical AD reporting tool and stay secure. Even if you don't, please DON'T download and install ANYTHING from the Internet that cannot be provably trusted. Doing so would be, as they say, pennies wise and pounds foolish!

>Nate



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