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Active Directory management (AD management) is the process of managing and monitoring the operations of the Active Directory service that is mostly found in Windows Server operating systems. AD management is part of the server or network monitoring and management processes, which ensure that Active Directory is behaving as required.
Active Directory monitoring is typically performed manually by the server/network administrator using the AD and Windows Server native administration and management features and components. The primary objective of AD monitoring is to automate Active Directory user provisioning processes, compliance with regulations and audits, security, and access to each user’s account and preferences from a central location. AD management is also performed through purpose-built software designed to automate most of the AD management processes.