ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs Microsoft Entra ID comparison

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We performed a comparison between ManageEngine ADAudit Plus and Microsoft Entra ID based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"The most valuable feature of ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is its reports.""Real-time monitoring of AD changes and logons is valuable.""The monitoring and reporting are extensive and we get all the information we need while they continue to enhance the capabilities of the product.""The documentation for this solution is good.""We use the product to track events and monitor logs of servers and workstations. I am impressed with the tool's tracking ability. It is intuitive and easy to use.""ADAudit Plus's best features are that it's very easy to use with a user-friendly interface, and it gives reports on group policy and object changes that we couldn't find in any other product.""The most valuable feature is the control of the file server.""I like the user behavior analytics (UBA). It's a machine learning feature that creates a standard profile for each user when you install it. It creates a baseline for every user, so it can detect when anyone deviates from that standard baseline profile. For example, if a user typically logs in at 9:30 am and logs out at 6 pm, ADAudit will flag it as an anomaly when that same logs in after normal hours and alert the admins."

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"It's something we have to deal with every day. It is present. If you're in a domain environment, you'll need it to log in. If you work in a Microsoft-centric environment, you can't avoid it.""I like the way it communicates to the cloud.""The most valuable features in Active Directory are the password writeback product and the MDM technology.""The most valuable feature is Conditional Access, and we use it extensively.""Conditional Access, Geofencing, and Azure Multi-Factor Authentication are the major security features to secure resources.""The most valuable components of the solution are provisioning and deprovisioning since both features work...Microsoft Entra Verified ID is a very stable solution.""The solution is free to use and you can use it for every service.""The most valuable feature is the single sign-on, which allows any application that is SAML or OAuth compatible to use Azure as an identity provider for seamless sign-in."

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"The solution should include more details on file creation and modification. It also needs to have a quick message for troubleshooting problems which needs to be detailed and generic.""Sometimes the developers in technical support take time.""ADAudit Plus can be very tricky, especially if we need to do some high-availability configuration or distributed environment installation.""Its configuration can be better. There were 44 pages of documented notes of what I had to do to get the product to work during the installation process.""The solution's managing file server activity could be improved.""It assists in managing the active directory and modifying the reintegrated GPOs.""The initial setup was quite complex and required some research beforehand.""ADAudit could have a more sophisticated interface design. They are using a plain UI, which is decent. However, customers have said that it looks a little flat compared to other vendors. It's not fancy."

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"The price has room for improvement.""Microsoft Entra ID should improve workload identities. It should set conditional access.""The Cloud Provisioning Agent cannot provision a lot of the information that AD Connect does. For starters, the lightweight version cannot synchronize device information. If you have computers on-premises, the information about them will not be synchronized by the Cloud Provisioning Agent. In addition, if you have a user on the cloud and he changes his password, that information should be written back to the on-premises instance. But that workflow cannot be done with the lightweight agent. It can only be done with the more robust version.""The documentation, and the way that people are notified of updates, are things that can be improved. I'm a big fan of Microsoft products but the way they document is not that great.""Documentation I think is always the worst part with what Azure's doing right now across the board.""Having more training would be quite helpful.""If your organization requires additional security then the subscription will be more expensive.""I would rate it an eight out of ten. The price plays a factor in the rating."

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  • "Adding features and other functionality it costs you more. Also, the first installation costs an additional amount."
  • "ADAudit Plus's pricing is affordable and flexible, with very low prices in the market."
  • "My guess is that it was around $4,000 or $5,000 a year, and we bought a license, and then we have maintenance fees. I'm not 100% sure how that worked out."
  • "It's a medium-priced solution."
  • "The solution's pricing is acceptable."
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  • "The licensing cost is a bit prohibitive."
  • "The licensing is really not clear unless you are a premium client."
  • "Licensing is easy."
  • "It is a really nice tool and we have a license for the more complex model."
  • "It is not too expensive."
  • "It's really affordable."
  • "I do not have experience with pricing."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis and the cost depends on the number of users."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is its reports.
    Top Answer:The solution's managing file server activity could be improved.
    Top Answer:We switched to Duo Security for identity verification. We’d been using a competitor but got the chance to evaluate Duo for 30 days, and we could not be happier Duo Security is easy to configure and… more »
    Top Answer:It is very simple. The Active Directory functions are very easy for us. Its integration with anything is very easy. We can easily do third-party multifactor authentication.
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    Azure AD, Azure Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Authenticator
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    In real-time, ensure critical resources in the network like the Domain Controllers are audited, monitored and reported with the entire information on AD objects - Users, Groups, GPO, Computer, OU, DNS, AD Schema and Configuration changes with 200+ detailed event specific GUI reports and email alerts.

    Microsoft Entra ID, previously known as Azure AD (Active Directory), is Microsoft's cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) solution. Designed to help organizations of all sizes manage user identities and create an intelligent security perimeter around their cloud and on-premise resources. Microsoft Entra ID or Azure AD is integral to the Microsoft 365 and Azure ecosystems. It provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups and secure access to applications in a centralized, streamlined manner.

    Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) is a login system, morphing into a sophisticated identity and access management (IAM) solution for the modern, hybrid workplace. Imagine a single vault for all your digital keys – that's the essence of Entra ID's identity management. It acts as a central repository for user identities, encompassing usernames, passwords, and even additional attributes like department or employee role.

    These capabilities enabled simplified administration using a unified platform for adding, modifying, and deleting user accounts. Users no longer need to remember login credentials for a plethora of applications. Entra ID streamlines access by using the same identity across various cloud services and on-premises resources (if integrated). Centralized identity management allows for stricter enforcement of security policies and password complexity requirements across the organization.

    Authentication sits at the heart of the solution, ensuring only authorized users gain access to sensitive resources. It employs a multi-pronged approach:

    • Password Authentication: The traditional method of username and password is still supported, but Entra ID encourages stronger authentication methods.
    • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Adding an extra layer of security, MFA requires users to verify their identity beyond just a password – through a code sent to their phone, fingerprint recognition, or a security key.
    • Single Sign-On (SSO): This user-friendly feature eliminates the need to enter credentials repeatedly. Users sign in once to Entra ID and gain seamless access to all authorized applications, boosting productivity.
    • Conditional Access Policies: Providing granular control over how and when users can access resources. Based on conditions like user role, location, device state, and the application being accessed, Conditional Access policies help ensure that only the right people under the right conditions can access sensitive resources.
    • Seamless Integration: Seamless integration with thousands of SaaS applications, Microsoft 365, and on-premises applications via Application Proxy or third-party identity bridges.
    • Advanced Security Reports and Alerts: Sophisticated security monitoring, reporting tools, and automated alerts. These features enable to identify potential security issues, such as atypical behavior or attempted identity attacks, allowing for swift remediation actions.

    For organizations with on-premises infrastructure, Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) offers hybrid identity options. This allows for a smooth integration between on-premises Active Directory and Entra ID, providing a consistent identity for users across both environments. It enables organizations to leverage their existing investments in on-premises infrastructure while taking advantage of cloud scalability and flexibility.

    In conclusion, Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) is a comprehensive IAM solution that addresses the complex challenges of managing and securing identities in a cloud-centric world. Its blend of ease of use, security, and integration capabilities makes it an essential component of modern IT infrastructure, supporting both operational efficiency and strategic business objectives.

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        Sample Customers
        Warsaw City Hall, Acument Global Technologies, Inc., Cosma International, Bank of South Pacific, Life Management Center, Central Bank, UncleBob's Self Storage, Leeds Building Society, California Transplant Donor Network, First Response, Blessing Hospital, Northern Land Council, RMK Marine
        Microsoft Entre ID is trusted by companies of all sizes and industries including Walmart, Zscaler, Uniper, Amtrak,, and more.
        Top Industries
        Computer Software Company16%
        Manufacturing Company11%
        Financial Services Firm7%
        Financial Services Firm14%
        Computer Software Company14%
        Non Profit6%
        Educational Organization5%
        Educational Organization26%
        Computer Software Company12%
        Financial Services Firm9%
        Company Size
        Small Business40%
        Midsize Enterprise50%
        Large Enterprise10%
        Small Business24%
        Midsize Enterprise17%
        Large Enterprise59%
        Small Business33%
        Midsize Enterprise14%
        Large Enterprise53%
        Small Business18%
        Midsize Enterprise35%
        Large Enterprise47%
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        ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is ranked 4th in Active Directory Management with 10 reviews while Microsoft Entra ID is ranked 1st in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 190 reviews. ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Entra ID is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of ManageEngine ADAudit Plus writes "Helpful for real-time monitoring of AD and quick response to threats, but its configuration should be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Entra ID writes "Saves us time and money and features Conditional Access policies, SSPR, and MFA". ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is most compared with Quest Change Auditor for Active Directory, ManageEngine ADManager Plus, SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, Netwrix Auditor and Lepide, whereas Microsoft Entra ID is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Google Cloud Identity, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, Ping Identity Platform and Okta Workforce Identity.

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