LepideAuditor Suite Review By Tom Lowson

by   03.18.2015   Auditing

Server systems are the pillars of an organization’s working environment, and they should be up and running at all times, without any interruptions. If a server crashes or goes down because of an unwanted change, users will not be able to work. Such problematic changes can be a result of IT administrator’s testing of a new policy in a live environment or because of unwelcome access. , this is very bad as it doubles because it loses both the company a lot of money and it has wasted the employee’s time.

As the IT Industry is massively changing you even have to consider about an insider who has access to all of the company information stored on the company server With Auditing software now at a few clicks of a button an administrator can save his organization from both unwanted changes and unauthorized access.

However, change auditing using native tools has multiple drawbacks, such as dozens of events for a single change/access, no mention of before- and after-value for every change, no graphical representation of events, and a complex reading format of events.

I was searching on the web and I came across this amazing tool called LepideAuditor Suite, this is the perfect solution to manage multiple servers from a centralized platform, this is a single console for configuration changes and auditing of Active Directory , Group Policy, Exchange server and many more.

Below are a few of the features which I think makes this product stand out in a class of its own:

  • Customizable auditing to specify the exact objects, object classes, setting paths
  • Real-time collection of logs
  • Long term storage of logs with daily, weekly or monthly archiving of old records
  • Separate intuitive Dashboard Tab for each server
  • 270+ predefined audit reports, 70+ graph trends, live updates in LiveFeed widget, real-time alerts, and scheduled reports to highlight who has made what change, when, and where , this is by far the best feature of the product and this is why this product not only stands, It creates a whole new league
  • Permission Auditing to bring out any change in permission of Users and Groups
  • Advanced date filters to view the logs separately for both working and non-working hours
  • Restore modified or deleted objects and permissions in Active Directory
  • Completely restore or selective restore of group policies
  • Monitoring of server availability, resource usage, performance counters and status of critical services

The installation of the program was second to none, it installed in less than one minute and I launched the dashboard of LepideAuditor for the first time, the interface is so easy to navigate around and it is very user friendly, within seconds you can be configuring all of your servers at once and you can start auditing. You will get a fantastic graphical user interface with your audits on for example bar charts and graph charts.

To begin you would have to go to settings and then select component management to either add a domain , SharePoint server or SQL Server, you will be asked a few basic details like name or IP address of the server, and login credentials of an administrative user. Once the IP address is identified, you can customize the auditing by selecting objects, object classes. The final step is that you have to provide the details of the SQL Server to store the auditing logs as the last step.

Once a server is added, you can sit back, relax and just keep watching how your server is being monitored and audited by LepideAuditor Suite this is another reason why Lepide is in a league of its own because it is extremely easy to use.

Report Tab – You can see the reports in three different views – Grid, Graph, and Calendar. Almost every detail about a change will be displayed. For Active Directory and Group Policy, you have the option to roll back an unwanted change.

LepideAuditor Suite makes periodic backup snapshots to save the states of Active Directory and Group Policy Objects. You can view the generated snapshots and a detailed report of their content in the Restore Tab. In it, you have the option to restore the state of all or selected Active Directory and Group Policy Objects, This object restoration feature lets you set up a testing environment for Active Directory, where you can make some trial changes and then restore them later on.

Health monitoring is fantastic it can let me see both the status of the server for example server availability, system services, resource consumption, performance counters, and increasing database size etc.

You can customize the audit reports with multiple functions like search, sort, filter, and group by, etc., to pinpoint all relevant records related to a common course of action. For example, you can collectively list all changes by a user. Such reports are required to create a trail of all actions performed by a user.

The best part is that you will receive real-time alerts for critical changes, unauthorized access, sudden password resets, password change attempts, changes in permissions or policies, suspicious mailbox access, server availability, status of system services, increasing resource consumption, and other important aspects.

Summary

This product has revolutionizes the IT and the product is constantly getting improved, this product is a must have no matter how big or how small your network is. Both the installation and graphical user interface is fantastic and to make this product even stand out more you get a fully working trial.This product is totally amazing and I would highly recommend it , I haven’t even said how fantastic both the sales and technical support teams are


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