What is Borna AD manager?

IT administrators are responsible for the management of the Active Directory. However, not all tasks related to Active Directory requires an advanced-level knowledge. Additionally, many tasks such as generating AD reports or importing users in bulk requires knowledge of scripting and PowerShell. These repetitive, time-consuming tasks are a large burden on AD administrators and IT managers. With a suitable AD management tool, administrators can generate reports without scripting in no time, securely delegate mundane and simple tasks to HR staff, automate periodic or prescheduled tasks, allow users to change their forgotten password and their personal information without administrators’ intervention, etc.

 

Borna AD manager is a web-based Active Directory management software capable of managing multiple domains centrally. Using numerous useful features, such as AD reporting, automation, non-invasive and fine-grained delegation, user creation templates, etc., managing your domains becomes an effortless task with Borna AD manager. Moreover, Borna AD manager is equipped with web-based user portal which allows users to change and see their own AD attributes, and also search for other users in AD and see a list of their attributes indicated by Borna administrator. With the aim of self-service password reset feature of Borna AD manager, users can also change their forgotten password by themselves, which dramatically reduce administrators’ workload.

Here is a quick list of Borna AD manager features:

 

Borna Dashboard

Active Directory dashboard in Borna AD manager shows the following information:
   control ltrTotal users, account expired users, locked out users, password expired users, total computers
   control ltr Users by status (active or inactive)
   control ltrUsers by creation time (last week, last month, last three months or earlier than last three months)
   control ltrComputers by types (workstations or windows servers)
   control ltr Number of groups and OUs

User Management

Borna AD manager allows you to:
   control ltrCreate, move or remove user accounts
   control ltrReset password and unlock user accounts
   control ltrEnable or disable user accounts
   control ltr Modify logon computers and logon hours
   control ltrModify group membership
   control ltr Modify organization, contact and profile info

Computer Management

Computer management feature of Borna AD manager helps you:
   control ltrCreate, move or remove computer accounts
   control ltr Modify group membership
   control ltr Reset computer accounts
   control ltrEnable or disable computer accounts
   control ltrMove computer accounts

Group Management

Group management feature of Borna AD manager lets you:
   control ltrCreate groups
   control ltrMove groups
   control ltrRemove groups
   control ltrModify group attributes

OU Management

OU management feature of Borna AD manager provides a tree-based view of your OUs that helps administrators to:
   control ltrView all OUs
   control ltrCreate, move or remove OUs
   control ltrView and modify OU attributes
   control ltrView and manage objects (users, computers and groups)

User Reports

In all user reports of Borna AD manager, you can select single or multiple user objects and manage them in bulk, including sending SMS, sending Email, resetting password, enabling, disabling, removing, moving, modifying group membership, unlocking, modifying logon computers, modifying logon hours, modifying organization info, modifying contact info and modifying profile settings). Borna AD manager also allows you to specify attributes to be shown in the generated report and export the report to an Excel file. A list of user reports are as follows:
   control ltrAll Users
   control ltrDisabled Users
   control ltrLocked Out Users
   control ltrAccount Expired Users
   control ltrSoon-to-expire User Accounts
   control ltrAccount Never Expiry Users
   control ltrRecently Created Users
   control ltrRecently Modified Users
   control ltrRecently Inactive Users
   control ltrRecently Logged on Users
   control ltrUsers Never Logged on
   control ltrUsers with Empty Attributes
   control ltrManager-based Report
   control ltrAll Managers
   control ltrUsers in more than one Group

Password Reports

Like user reports, Borna AD manager enables you to select single or multiple user objects and manage them in bulk, including sending SMS, sending Email, resetting password, modifying group membership, unlocking, enabling, disabling, moving, removing, modifying logon computers, modifying logon hours, modifying organization info, modifying contact info and modifying profile settings). Similarly, you can indicate report’s columns and export the report to an Excel file. A list of password reports are as follows:
   control ltrRecent Logon Failures
   control ltrUsers with Password Never Expires
   control ltrUsers with Change Password at Next Logon
   control ltrPassword Expired Users
   control ltrSoon-to-expire User Passwords
   control ltrRecently Password Changed Users

Computer Reports

Like other reports in Borna AD manager, you can select as many objects as you wish in the generated report and enable, disable, move, remove, modify group membership or reset selected computer accounts in bulk. You can also export the generated report to an Excel file in the same way as other reports. These reports consist of:
   control ltrAll Computers
   control ltrOS/Service Pack Based Report
   control ltrLast Logged on Based Report
   control ltrRecently Created Computers
   control ltrRecently Modified Computers
   control ltrDisabled Computers

Group Reports

Borna AD manager allows you to select several groups and move or delete them at the same time. These reports, which can be exported to an Excel file, are as follows:

   control ltrAll Groups

   control ltrRecently Created Groups

   control ltrRecently Modified Groups

   control ltrGroups Without Members

   control ltrDetailed Group Members

   control ltrUsers not in Groups

Workflow Settings

In Borna AD manager, a customized workflow, comprised of a requester, approver and executer can be defined (Read more). All request types that can be submitted in Borna AD manager is listed below:

   control ltrChange user password
   control ltrUnlock user accounts
   control ltrEnable user accounts
   control ltrDisable user accounts
   control ltrDelete user accounts
   control ltrMove user accounts
   control ltrChange group membership of users
   control ltrChange group membership of computers
   control ltrReset computer accounts
   control ltrEnable computer accounts
   control ltrDisable computer accounts
   control ltrDelete computer accounts
   control ltrMove computer accounts
   control ltrMove groups
   control ltrDelete groups

AD automation

An automation comprises of a condition which is being used by Borna AD manager to fetch several objects from Active Directory, like reports, and a task which specifies what Borna should perform on these objects (Read more). Almost all reports can be used as a condition. Furthermore, the following tasks can be specified for an automation:

   control ltrMove or remove user accounts

   control ltrReset user password and unlock user accounts

   control ltrEnable or disable user accounts

   control ltrChange group membership of users or computers

   control ltrMove or remove computer accounts

   control ltrEnable or disable computer accounts

   control ltrReset computer accounts

   control ltrMove or remove groups

An automation also requires an execution time which specifies when Borna AD manager performs the task which can also be periodic. Borna AD manager allows execution time to be:

   control ltrMonthly

   control ltrWeekly

   control ltrDaily

   control ltrHourly

   control ltrOne time

Self-service Password Reset

With the aim of self-service password reset in Borna AD manager, users can reset their own password whenever they forgot (Read more). This will greatly free up IT staff and administrators’ precious time and let them focus on more important tasks. Users can use the following methods to reset their own password:

   control ltrText message (SMS)

   control ltrSelf-service user Portal

Self-service User Portal

Active Directory users can log in to self-service user portal with their domain account and do the following (Read more):

   control ltrSee their own attributes

   control ltrModify their own attributes

   control ltrChange their own password

   control ltrSearch other users and see their attributes

Other Features

Borna AD manager allows you to:
   control ltrDefine user and computer creation templates which allow Borna administrator to specify mandatory, optional attributes when a technician creates a new user or computer.
   control ltrDefine technicians who can log in to Borna AD manager and do some Active Directory administration tasks indicated by Borna Admin.
   control ltrDefine roles and assign permissions to (Read more)
   control ltrDefine customized attributes (Read more)
   control ltrDefine default password complexity for passwords generated randomly in Borna