Benefits of Active Directory and Network Performance Monitoring

With more people working from home due to the coronavirus, businesses of all sizes need to have remote policies in place that help protect their data, ensure employees are working, and see that security practices are being followed. There are several methods to do these things that do not cost a fortune.

For instance, you can use PA Server Monitor to easily access the Active Directory monitoring tool that can be configured with various events like login events and what actions to carry out based on the success or failure of the login.

PA Server Monitor is also ideally suited for network performance monitoring by creating various Action Lists. When a certain event is detected, the Action List will perform all actions defined for that particular Action List. For example, an employee has attempted three unsuccessful logins, so their account access is automatically locked.

Why Use Active Directory Monitoring for Remote Employees?

Active Directory monitoring allows you to maintain consistency with data directories, which is tied to user logins, user accounts, and user access to various resources on your network servers like file directories and associated files. Some of the other benefits of active directory monitoring include:

1. Logging events associated with Active Directory (AD) can help identify potential problems before they lead to outages.

2. AD monitoring helps detect slower connection speeds and access times when users are connecting to network servers and accessing resources and data.

3. AD monitoring can be used to improve login performance so users can access their resources and files faster, which leads to increased productivity.

4. AD monitoring also allows for easier network performance monitoring. For example, you can easily determine if all services are running on a particular domain control or verify replications processes are running.

5. AD monitoring can be used to monitor CPU usage on different domain controllers to help avoid excessive usage that can slow servers down.

6. AD monitoring can verify LDAP (Light Directory Access Protocol) queries are running quickly and efficiently.

What Else Can You Do with Active Directory Monitoring Tools?

Using Active Directory monitoring tools makes network device monitoring easier. One thing you can do is identify replication issues when you replicate data across different network servers. By enabling and configuring AD to send alerts, you will know when data is out of synch and not being replicated correctly.

Another thing you can do with AD monitoring tools is to access the Security Event Log to record logins to databases. You will know which of your employees access various databases on your network and when.

AD tools are also beneficial to use when you are creating new accounts or adding access permissions to existing accounts. You can determine if and when there are problems with the newly created account or newly granted access.

Don’t forget about account locking and the failed logins mentioned above. These are two very beneficial features that can be configured and implemented using AD monitoring tools.

In addition, AD monitoring can be configured so that you can monitor domain controllers and be alerted should one fail. This typically occurs when the Ntds.dit file on the server reaches capacity and is full.

Furthermore, you can use AD tools to be alerted when applications do not operate correctly. Apps won’t start or run correctly when the services they need are not running or there is a replication issue.

What’s the Best Network Monitor to Use for Active Directory Monitoring?

Organizations of all sizes can easily monitor AD and network performance with a single network activity monitor—PA Server Monitor. This application provides a powerful network and server monitoring solution whether you have one server or numerous servers to monitor.

You can securely monitor local and remote networks, including those in remote offices and data centers. The application allows you to run and view reports anytime, from just about anywhere. With the mobile-access feature, you have access to your servers and data 24/7 and can monitor all Windows performance counters, SNMP objects, AD, and more.

Another great feature of PA Server Monitor is it is simple and quick to configure. You do not have to worry about understanding complex scripts or writing computer code and configuration files. The software does this for you based on the events and Action Lists you create using the simple and friendly user-interface console.

By using PA Server Monitor, you can take advantage of all the benefits of Active Directory and network performance monitoring to protect your data whether your employees are working in the office or remotely from home.

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