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Streamlined Active Directory security.

Solve security issues and meet compliance requirements.


 

 

Simplify the security and protection of your Active Directory in order to solve security issues and meet compliance requirements with the help of Active Roles. With automated tools to efficiently manage users and groups, as well as Active Directory delegation, Active Roles helps you to overcome Active Directory’s native limitations, enabling you to do your job faster. You can afford to meet your business requirements today and in the future thanks to Active Roles's modular architecture.

With Active Roles, you can:
  • Eliminate unregulated access to resources while protecting critical Active Directory data
  • Automatically create user and group accounts for secure management in AD and AD-joined systems
Benefit from these key features with Active Roles:

Secure access 
  • Enables you to control access through delegation using a least privilege model in order to protect Active Directory 
  • Generate and enforce access rules based on defined administrative policies and permissions, eliminating potential errors and inconsistencies common to native approaches to AD management 
  • Establish an IT process based on your business requirements with the tool’s robust approval procedures to complement the automated management of directory data
Automate account creation
  • Automate a wide variety of tasks, including the creation of user and group accounts in AD; the creation of mailboxes in Exchange; group management; assignment of resources in Windows
  • Ensure an efficient and secure administrative process by automatically reassigning and removing user rights in AD and AD-joined systems (including user and group de-provisioning) with Active Roles 
  • Update a user’s access rights when they need to be changed or removed automatically in AD, Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, Lync and Windows, as well as any AD-joined systems such as UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X
Day-to-day directory management
  • Simplify management of Exchange recipients, including mailbox/OCS assignment, creation, movement, deletion, permissions and distribution list management; Groups; computers-- including shares, printers, local users and groups; Active Directory, including AD LDS
  • Improve day-to-day administration and help desk operations with the tool’s intuitive interfaces via an MMC snap-in and a Web interface
Manage groups and users in a hosted environment
Synchronize AD domain clients with a host AD domain in hosted environments. Active Roles enables user and group account management, while also synchronizing attributes and passwords, from the client domain to the hosted domain. Synchronize your on-premises AD accounts to Microsoft Office 365, Lync Online and SharePoint Online.

Consolidate management points through integration
Ensures easy integration with many Dell products, including Identity Manager, Privilege Password Manager, Desktop Virtualization, Authentication Services, Defender, Password Manager, Cloud Access Manager and ChangeAuditor, with the tool’s Extend All feature in order to simplify and consolidate management points. Active Roles also automates and extends the capabilities of PowerShell, ADSI, SPML and customizable Web interfaces.
Active Roles comes with all the synchronization technology necessary to manage and secure:
  • Lync
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • AD LDS
  • Office 365
  • Azure AD
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • OLE DB (MS Access)
  • Flat file
  • Dell One Active Roles includes the following components:
    Administration Service
    Console (MMC Interface)
    Web Interface
    Collector
    Report Pack
    Add-in for Outlook

    System requirements for installing and running each of these components:

    Administration Service hardware and software requirements

    Platform
    1 GHz or higher Intel Pentium-compatible CPU.

    Memory
    1 GB or more recommended. The amount required depends on the total number of managed objects.

    Hard Disk Space
    100 MB or more of free disk space. If SQL Server and Administration Service are installed on the same computer, the amount required depends on the size of the Active Roles database.

    Operating System
    You can install the Administration Service on a server running any of these operating systems:
    Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008, Standard or Enterprise edition, 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard or Enterprise edition, Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard or Datacenter edition

    SQL Server
    You can use any of these SQL Server versions to host the Active Roles database:
    Microsoft SQL Server® 2005, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 2 or later
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2012, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client is required on the computer running the Administration Service. You can install SQL Server 2012 Native Client from the Redistributables page in the Active Roles DVD Autorun window.

    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. You can install .NET Framework 4.5 from the Redistributables page in the Active Roles DVD Autorun window.

    Windows Management Framework
    Windows Management Framework 3.0

    Active Roles Management Shell for Active Directory
    Administration Service requires version 1.7 of Dell One Active Roles Management Shell for Active Directory. The Administration Service Setup program automatically installs the appropriate version of ActiveRoles Management Shell. Optionally, you can install Active Roles Management Shell from the Solutions page in the Active Roles DVD Autorun window.

    Microsoft Exchange Server Management Tools
    To manage Exchange 2010 recipients, Active Roles requires the Management Tools for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 or later to be installed on the computer running the Administration Service. Use the Exchange Server 2010 Setup program to install the Management Tools on the computer where you plan to install the Administration Service.

    To manage Exchange 2007 recipients, Active Roles requires the Management Tools for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 or later to be installed on the computer running the Administration Service. Use the Exchange Server 2007 Setup program to install the Management Tools on the computer where you plan to install the Administration Service.

    To perform the Move Mailbox task on Exchange 2003, Active Roles requires the Exchange Management Tools for Exchange 2007 to be installed on the computer running the Administration Service.

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Remote Shell
    Active Roles uses remote Shell to manage Exchange 2013 recipients. Remote Shell requires the following software on the computer running the Administration Service:

    Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating system
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
    Windows Management Framework 3.0

    Remote Shell also requires the following:
    TCP port 80 must be open between the computer running the Administration Service and the remote Exchange 2013 server.

    The user account the Administration Service uses to connect to the remote Exchange server (the service account or the override account) must be enabled for remote Shell.

    Windows PowerShell script execution must be enabled on the computer running the Administration Service.

    Operating System on Domain Controllers
    Active Roles retains all features and functions when managing Active Directory on domain controllers running any of these operating systems, any edition, with or without any Service Pack:
    Microsoft Windows Server® 2003
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

    Notes
    Domain controllers running Microsoft Windows 2000 Server are not supported by Dell One Active Roles. Ensure that the Active Directory domains managed by Dell One Active Roles do not have Windows 2000 Server based domain controllers.

    Dell One Active Roles deprecates managed domains with the domain functional level lower than Windows Server 2003. We recommend that you raise the functional level of the domains managed by Dell One Active Roles to Windows Server 2003 or higher.

    Exchange Server
    Active Roles is capable of managing Exchange recipients on any of these Exchange Server editions, with or without any Service Pack:
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
    Note: Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server is not supported.

    Dell One Active Roles Console (MMC Interface) hardware and software requirements

    Platform
    1 GHz or higher Intel Pentium-compatible CPU.

    Memory
    1 GB or more recommended. The amount required depends on the number of objects being administered.

    Hard Disk Space
    About 100 MB of free disk space.

    Operating System
    You can install the Active Roles console on a computer running any of these operating systems:
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard or Enterprise edition, Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows 7, Ultimate, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows 8, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
    Microsoft Windows 8.1, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

    Required Browsers
    Active Roles console requires Windows Internet Explorer® 8.0 or later.

    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. You can install .NET Framework 4.5 from the Redistributables page in the Active Roles DVD Autorun window.


    Dell One Active Roles Web Interface hardware and software requirements

    Platform
    1 GHz or higher Intel Pentium-compatible CPU.

    Memory
    1 GB or more recommended. The amount required depends on the number of objects being administered.

    Hard Disk Space
    About 100 MB of free disk space.

    Operating System
    You can install the Active Roles Web Interface on a Web server running any of these operating systems:
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard or Enterprise edition, 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard or Enterprise edition, Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard or Datacenter edition

    Internet Services
    Active Roles Web Interface requires Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or later.
    On Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, Web Interface requires the "Web Server (IIS)" server role with the following role services:

    Web Server/Common HTTP Features/
    Static Content
    Default Document
    HTTP Errors
    HTTP Redirection

    Web Server/Application Development/
    ASP.NET
    .NET Extensibility
    ASP
    ISAPI Extensions
    ISAPI Filters

    Web Server/Security/
    Basic Authentication
    Windows Authentication
    Request Filtering

    Management Tools/IIS 6 Management Compatibility/
    IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

    On Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, Web Interface requires the "Web Server (IIS)" server role with the following role services:

    Web Server/Common HTTP Features/
    Default Document
    HTTP Errors
    Static Content
    HTTP Redirection

    Web Server/Security/
    Request Filtering
    Basic Authentication
    Windows Authentication

    Web Server/Application Development/
    .NET Extensibility 4.5
    ASP
    ASP.NET 4.5
    ISAPI Extensions
    ISAPI Filters

    Management Tools/IIS 6 Management Compatibility/
    IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

    You can use Server Manager to confirm that the "Web Server (IIS)" server role with the required role services is installed.

    Additionally, Internet Information Services (IIS) must be configured to provide "Read/Write" delegation for the following features:
    Handler Mappings
    Modules

    Use "Feature Delegation" in Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager to confirm that these features have delegation set to "Read/Write".

    Required Browsers
    Any of the following Web browsers can be used to access the Web Interface:
    Firefox® 24 on Windows
    Google Chrome® 29 on Windows
    Safari® 5 on Windows
    Windows Internet Explorer 7
    Windows Internet Explorer 8
    Windows Internet Explorer 9
    Windows Internet Explorer 10
    Windows Internet Explorer 11

    A higher version of Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer can be made to work as a Web Interface client; however, the Web Interface pages of version 6.9.0 have been tested only against the Web browser versions listed above.

    The Web browser should be run on a system with screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher.

    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. You can install .NET Framework 4.5 from the Redistributables page in the Active Roles DVD Autorun window.

    Dell One Active Roles Collector hardware and software requirements

    Platform
    500 MHz or higher Intel Pentium-compatible CPU.

    Memory
    512 MB or more recommended.

    Hard Disk Space
    About 50 MB or more of free disk space. If SQL Server and Collector are installed on the same computer, the amount required depends on the size of the Collector database.

    Operating System
    You can install the Active Roles Collector on a computer running any of these operating systems:
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard or Enterprise edition, Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows 7, Ultimate, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows 8, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
    Microsoft Windows 8.1, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

    SQL Server
    You can use any of these SQL Server versions to host the Collector database:
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2012, any edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack

    Dell One Active Roles Report Pack software requirements

    SQL Server Reporting Services
    Active Roles Report Pack requires one of the following versions of SQL Server Reporting Services software:
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack
    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), with or without any Service Pack

    Operating System
    You can install the Active Roles Report Pack on a computer running any of these operating systems:
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard or Enterprise edition, Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows 7, Ultimate, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64), Service Pack 1
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard or Datacenter edition
    Microsoft Windows 8, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
    Microsoft Windows 8.1, Professional or Enterprise edition, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)

    Dell Software Knowledge Portal
    Active Roles Report Pack is compatible with:
    Dell Software Knowledge Portal 2.0
    Dell Software Knowledge Portal 2.5
    Dell Software Knowledge Portal 2.6
    Dell Software Knowledge Portal 2.7

    Dell One Active Roles Add-in for Outlook software requirements

    Microsoft Office Outlook
    Add-in for Outlook® requires Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or later.

    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. You can install .NET Framework 4.5 from the Redistributables page in the Active Roles DVD Autorun window.

    Other Microsoft Office Features
    Add-in for Outlook also requires:
    .NET Programmability Support for Microsoft Office Outlook
    Microsoft Forms 2.0 .NET Programmability Support

    You can install this prerequisite software by selecting the following installation options in the Setup program for the Microsoft Office system:
    .NET Programmability Support under Microsoft Office Outlook
    Microsoft Forms 2.0 .NET Programmability Support under Office Tools
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