The latest version of ADtoolkit improves daily management of Active Directory


Javelina Software today announced the release of the latest version of ADtoolkit, the company’s Active Directory management and reporting solution. Simplified Active Directory management comes in the form of three new additions: improved daily management of single Active Directory objects, dynamically defined collections of objects, and a new tool editor with advanced templates and auto-generation. From creating and provisioning a single user to moving an entire OU of objects from one location to another, ADtoolkit is now the all-inclusive Swiss army knife of Active Directory management. A weakness of previous versions of ADtoolkit was the lack of an easy way to view and modify the current state of selected objects. This required users to rely on other tools, impeding their daily workflow. ADtoolkit 7.0 addresses this oversight with the addition of Property tools, which display an object's attributes in a simple graphical interface.

Another area of ADtoolkit strengthened in the new version is the tool editor, which can be used to build customized tools from individual operations. For example, a custom tool for creating freshman user accounts could be designed to auto-generate the user’s full name, display name and logon names, add the user to the appropriate groups, provision their home directories and shares, create their mailbox, and setup their remote desktop settings. Once the tool is configured, adding a freshman account is as simple as typing in a first and last name and clicking the Run button.

Bulk management has also seen major improvement with the addition of collections, dynamic groups of AD objects defined by a list of locations and filters. Collections greatly simplify modifying groups of related objects. For example, to locate and disable all inactive users in AD, simply select the Inactive Users collection and click on the Disable tool. ADtoolkit dynamically locates all inactive users within the current domain and disables them.

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Javelina Software's latest release of ADtoolkit gives Active Directory administrators the ability to easily reset admin passwords on remote workstations and servers

(Edgewater, MD - 4.29.2009) Javelina Software, LLC, today announced the release of version 5.0 of ADtoolkit, a collection of strategic Active Directory (AD) management tools, designed to simplify the daily administration of AD. ADtoolkit v5.0 provides relief for Active Directory Administrators who face the daunting task of keeping administrator account passwords refreshed in a distributed network.

Administrator accounts, which exist on every Microsoft platform since the introduction of Windows NT, are arguably the largest security hole in an Active Directory based network. These privileged accounts provide unlimited access to their host machines and cracking just one of these passwords can often provide access to the entire network. Before ADtoolkit v5.0, administrators were forced to manually change administrator passwords on a regular basis, which is too time-consuming to be practical. And while some automated tools exist for this task, they can be prohibitively expensive.

Javelina Software credits the release of ADtoolkit V to their customers who actively provide feedback. “One of the hot buttons for all our customers is security, so we have added the ability to manage local admin passwords at a price that administrators can embrace in today’s economy,” says Dave Ritchie, President of Javelina Software.

This latest version of ADtoolkit addresses this issue with a new, easy-to-use tool, which can reset the administrator password on any and all local systems throughout your AD network. And, like all other ADtoolkit tools, this task can be scheduled to reoccur on a regular basis. With ADtoolkit V, you can take a thousand plus machines on your network, choose a password (or use random passwords), click a button, and the task is done. And, one of the largest security holes in your network has been plugged.

ADtoolkit V is full of new features, one of which is the added support for WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) for reporting on local machine information. With the addition of WMI, AD administrators can now access more information about the internal state of their computer systems, such as BIOS settings, processor info, and service pack IDs.

Security tool for Active Directory Administrators allows end-users to reset their own passwords

(Edgewater, MD – 07.15.2008) Javelina Software, LLC, today announced the addition of ViperGuard to their line of Active Directory tools for network administrators. This latest tool directly addresses the number one help desk ticket: password resets. By empowering users through self-service, ViperGuard eliminates costly help desk tickets while maximizing security and improving efficiency.

The ViperGuard system allows end users to unlock their own accounts and reset their own passwords by simply answering a few previously configured questions. When an end user forgets their password, they simply click on a button on their logon screen and are instantly linked to the ViperGuard Reset Password web site. The web site steps them through the process of authentication by asking them a few questions and allowing them to select a new password for their account. The web site in turn connects to a secure back end service, which performs all the required authenticating, account unlocking, password resetting,
auditing, and emailing.

From the outset of development, ViperGuard’s focus has been on ease of use for administrators as well as end-users. David Ritchie, President of Javelina Software states, “One of the major design goals for ViperGuard was to simplify the installation and management of an otherwise very complicated system.” To that end, several new concepts and technologies were developed to simplify the entire ViperGuard system. From the simple yet powerful Single Point Install to the automated Enrollment Reminder Application, ViperGuard boasts numerous innovations to make the user’s life simpler.

Of course, Javelina Software hasn’t forgotten all the other administrative needs. For example, ViperGuard has in-depth event logging with an extremely customizable audit viewer to satisfy the most thorough of security audits. Also related to security, administrators have the ability to lockout system abusers by IP addresses, account name or both. Other features include a built in email engine to support sending enrollment reminders as well as warning administrators of key events like failed password resets. Of course, there are numerous reports available too, such as Enrolled Users and Un-enrolled Users and Password Resets. And last but not least, Javelina Software has also included customized logon prompts for all the latest Windows platforms including Windows Vista.