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Today's IT professionals are busier than ever. Thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of cloud computing, IT pros spend considerable amounts of time connecting to computers and servers from remote locations. Managing Active Directory objects is a huge part of the job description in most cases. Active Directory tools, or AD tools, are software appliances that allow sys admins and other IT professionals to manage AD objects. Without having the ability to do this, IT workers would have a much harder time accomplishing many daily tasks. The Windows® Server operating system comes loaded with many of these tools, but they are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what's actually available.

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To achieve the highest levels of success as an IT professional and to provide impeccable support to clients, you should arm yourself with the right programs and tools. You can get by with the Active Directory management tools that are included on the Windows Server operating system, but DRS will give you so much more. With the ability to work with multiple servers and workstations from one console and so many robust tools, DRS can make your job a lot easier. Download your fully-functional, 14-day free trial today.

Why is it Necessary to Manage AD Objects?

IT professionals need to be able to manage AD objects for a variety of reasons. Most notably, doing so relates directly to network security. Companies expend a lot of time and money to ensure the security of their networks, and they are increasingly putting this work in the hands of remote IT specialists. Active Directory management tools can be used to manage objects including users, organizational units, and security groups. The tools that come with the Windows Server OS tend to be very basic.

There are many scenarios in which having the ability to make quick changes and updates to the network is crucial. One prime example is when an employee is terminated. Being let go is upsetting, and some people look for ways to seek revenge. With that in mind, it's critical to disable user accounts as quickly as possible. This is where being able to work with AD objects from a remote location is extremely useful. This same principle works in reverse. IT professionals can enhance users' permissions from afar to give them broader access to network resources.

Managing Active Directory Group Policies

Group policies are extremely useful as far as network security is concerned. That's especially true in large organizations that have hundreds or thousands of users. A group policy makes it quick and easy to apply and enforce rules on a computer network. The vast majority of users in a typical organization have similar needs. There are always a few exceptions, however, so having the ability to tweak these group policies is useful. The right Active Directory tools make it possible. However, the tools that are included with the Windows Server OS don't usually include such capabilities.

With third-party AD management software, it may be possible to make small changes to a group policy on a granular level. In other words, IT professionals can apply and enforce special rules for individual users. For example, a handful of users may need to have special permissions that aren't given to others. The group policy would block them from doing so. When the right AD tools are available, however, doing this is easy. If you're an IT professional, you can probably imagine how nice it would be to have such tight control over a group policy.

What are the Most Useful AD Tools?

Like most IT professionals, you probably handle many different clients. Each client's needs are sure to be slightly different, so it pays to use AD management software that includes the broadest array of tools possible. The basic tools that you'll find pre-installed on the Windows Server operating system definitely fall short of being completely useful. They get the job done, but they don't allow you to be as productive as possible. At any given moment, you're probably swamped with work. By switching to third-party AD management software instead, you can acquire a variety of very useful tools.

With a third-party Active Directory program, you'll enjoy a lot more functionality, and you'll have a much easier time keeping AD installations working properly. Tasks that used to take up a lot of time can be completed a lot more quickly. In addition to being loaded with excellent tools that aren't available with the Windows Server OS, the best Active Directory management programs have streamlined interfaces that make things even better. It's easier to keep track of various workstations and servers, and you'll be able to do so from a single console.

Introducing DameWare® Remote Support

If you've done any research about third-party Active Directory management software, you already know that several options are available. To enjoy today's best AD management capabilities, however, you can't go wrong with DameWare Remote Support (DRS). DRS features a robust selection of tools that will enhance your productivity and make your job a lot easier. It includes an exporter tool that makes it a breeze to keep the Active Directory environment as clean as possible. That's just one example; there are several other tools within DRS that you're sure to put to use on a regular basis.

DRS is quickly becoming a popular option for sys admins and other busy IT professionals. In addition to being loaded with many top-notch Active Directory tools, this software allows you to manage multiple Active Directory domains from one console. It is also compatible with Windows, Linux®, and Mac OS® X operating systems, so you don't have to worry about compatibility issues. While the majority of today's businesses use Windows, there are plenty of others that use Linux and Mac OS X, so it pays to use AD management software that offers the best compatibility possible.

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