The Blackbird Management Suite is well architected and is designed to include high levels of integration with the existing support modules for Active Directory and the Windows Server File System. The administrative interface for Active Directory makes use of the Windows Snap-in architecture for 3rd party products with the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). The File System management is done through an extended explorer thus maintaining the familiarity with the traditional Windows Explorer.
There’s no question that Active Directory is a mission-critical part of your infrastructure. Enabling, as it does, authentication for services like e-mail, collaboration, databases, applications, file sharing, and more, it’s crucial that Active Directory remain online and operational. That means Active Directory backups are always going to be an important part of your life. Many organizations continue to rely on traditional backup approaches that, when closely examined, actually do very little to meet the most common business needs for restoration and recovery. As a result, restore and recovery operations take longer, require more manual effort and administrative overhead, and generally create a drag on the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.
Auditing is one of the most complex and contentious subjects in the world of Windows network management. Organizations are demanding more and more in terms of auditing requirements, while technical professionals are continuously running up against limitations that seem to require endless compromises. In this paper, we’ll look at some of those realities, and examine why Microsoft seems comfortable, for the most part, to let those be the reality.
Change auditing has become an important activity in business networks using Microsoft Active Directory. In general, Active Directory’s native auditing features are insufficient to adequately support business needs such as troubleshooting, compliance enforcement, security auditing, and change management. These inadequacies in Windows’ native auditing are evidenced by the robust third-party market that has grown to fill this functional gap. The products and services of that third-party market offer customers a variety of choices and approaches.
Despite the growth of platforms like SharePoint Server and SQL Server, most companies still store most of their data in simple files and folders, on file servers, using Windows’ shared folders functionality to make that data accessible to users.
What does this person have access to? How have permissions on this file changed recently? These and many other questions are common in the world of file and folder permissions management, yet Windows’ native toolset makes them incredibly difficult to answer. Privilege explorer, part of the Blackbird Management Suite (BBMS), is designed to answer exactly those questions – and many more.
Most businesses today realize that Microsoft® Active Directory® requires a little bit of help when it comes to automating management, providing compliance-grade auditing and reporting, and managing change in the directory. Unfortunately, most of the vendors in this space provide point solutions: One tool to audit changes, another tool to roll back changes, a third to add workflow and change control, and so forth. That’s a less-than-perfect situation, because you typically have to install and maintain a variety of software agents on each domain controller, and have to learn the user interface for a half-dozen different tools.