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ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"Real-time monitoring of AD changes and logons is valuable.""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.""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.""The most valuable feature is the control of the file server."

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"The initial setup was relatively easy, and we didn't have to install anything. All we had to do was put on the devices we wanted to monitor.""SolarWinds SAM has provided us with dynamic thresholds based on historical trends and requirements. The threshold gets configured automatically, so it's no longer necessary to configure it manually every time.""The solution has good alerts. Notifications are sent via email to technicians. You can filter the kinds of alerts you want to receive as well. It's excellent.""Monitoring of processes and services is the most valuable feature. It is not necessarily just the server alone in terms of the CPU or the memory. We can go in-depth into services and processes.""The component and cable monitoring are good. SolarWinds is more intuitive and user-friendly than AppDynamics. The AppDynamics console is more complex because it's a more feature-rich solution, so it's not easy for somebody to pick it up.""It's good at monitoring system-specific things like ports, services.""The most valuable feature of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is the network devices' performance monitor is the best."

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Cons
"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.""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 initial setup was quite complex and required some research beforehand."

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"The stability, flexibility, and ease of use could be improved.""In terms of the dashboards on offer, they should work to improve them. The types of dashboards that you get in terms of the graphs on offer aren't ideal right now.""SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor could improve the server monitoring and the web application monitoring features are not good. Microsoft SCOM has better server monitoring.""SAM's software-defined network monitoring capability is also low and could be improved.""It lacks a user experience for measuring things like the end-to-end time for which a user waits for a specific response in the system. In the application layer, it has some very basic stuff. You have to build your own with manuscripts and things like that.""Reporting is the only thing with which we currently have challenges. They have this in two ways. There is the report writer, which is the backend, and we also have web reports, which are on the console. So, they have removed the report writer for the backend reports, and we are making use of the web console, but most of the users are not finding it very interesting to use the frontend reports. I would like them to bring back the report writer. That's the key area within it to improve on the reporting. If they can bring back the report writer, then most users will actually be comfortable. I have some customers who are trying to export their report to an Excel format, but it is not possible because they said any report that has been done from the web console cannot be exported to Excel, but most of the customers need to export their reports to Excel. That's one area they need to work on.""It should also be easier to upgrade SolarWinds. AppDynamics is harder to deploy but easier to upgrade. So AppDynamics takes a lot of time and effort to install, but you can upgrade it in minutes. SolarWinds is the opposite. It's easy to deploy, but upgrades take forever. To date, nobody can complete it on time, so the production environment is sitting idle."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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  • "Price can always be lower. It is neither on the expensive side nor on the cheap side. We have worked with them for a lot of years, so we get a discount due to the size of the installation."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It is just the standard price, but it can vary depending on the current rate of the dollar."
  • "I think SolarWinds' pricing is very decent compared to other competitors in the market."
  • "We are on an annual license to use the solution. The price of the solution is expensive. The price is based on a bunch of factors, such as the number of engines and elements."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:ADAudit is licensed based on the number of domain controllers, file services, member services, and workstations. It's affordable compared to bigger vendors You pay about one-fourth of what other… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is the network devices' performance monitor is the best.
    Top Answer:We are on an annual license to use the solution. The price of the solution is expensive. The price is based on a bunch of factors, such as the number of engines and elements. I rate the cost of… more »
    Top Answer:SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor could improve the server monitoring and the web application monitoring features are not good. Microsoft SCOM has better server monitoring. In a future release… more »
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    SolarWinds SAM
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    Overview

    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.

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) delivers powerful application and server monitoring capabilities for IT pros, enabling them to diagnose and troubleshoot performance issues faster. Do not let slow applications and downtime impact your end-users and business services. Pinpoint the root cause of application issues across various layers of the IT stack. SolarWinds SAM is affordable and easy to deploy, use, and customize. You can automatically discover your system's environment and start monitoring in about an hour. No professional services or consultation needed.

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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
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm27%
    Construction Company18%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Buyer's Guide
    ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    619,967 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is ranked 4th in Active Directory Management with 4 reviews while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is ranked 1st in Active Directory Management with 7 reviews. ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is rated 8.4, while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of ManageEngine ADAudit Plus writes "The user behavior analytics creates a profile of each user and detects any deviation from it". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "The component and cable monitoring features are good, but the interface is slow ". ManageEngine ADAudit Plus is most compared with Netwrix Auditor, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), ManageEngine ADManager Plus, Quest Change Auditor for Active Directory and SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, whereas SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Azure Monitor, Dynatrace, AppDynamics, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and BMC TrueSight Operations Management. See our ManageEngine ADAudit Plus vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor report.

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