ManageEngine ADManager Plus vs One Identity Active Roles comparison

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We performed a comparison between ManageEngine ADManager Plus and One Identity Active Roles based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Active Directory Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed ManageEngine ADManager Plus vs. One Identity Active Roles Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"The scalability is also good. ADManager Plus is being used by seven to eight system administrators right now, and it has been working fine.""It makes our job easier, especially for managing data for a bulk of users.""The most valuable feature for me is automation.""The solution provides oversight, reports, and logs that are easy to understand.""Simple with good automation.""It is a stable solution.""The most valuable feature is the dashboard. They allow me to see everything in real-time and drill down and pick and choose versus running scripts.""The most valuable features of the solution are its ease of use, the ability for us to customize the access privileges for the users, and integration with ServiceDesk Plus."

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"In comparison to native Active Directory tools, using Active Roles for delegation is so much better. It uses an access template and that makes it easy to see who can access what. In fact, you can do that for many objects as well.""The solution is stable.""Active Roles improved the management of users, groups, and AD objects in the organization.""The most valuable features include auditing, dynamic grouping, and creating dynamic groups based on AD attributes.""Secure access is the most valuable feature."

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"Lacks sufficient integration with management tools.""The number of main controllers affects the database for creating the hardware specs.""Some things are not very intuitive.""There is room for improvement in support, they should work on overall competence and turn-around time.""With the number of available integrations these days, it would be beneficial to have more ready-to-integrate technologies in other products as well.""The solution should be made tablet friendly because it works well on iPhones and Android phones, but does not work on tablets.""The bulk email ID creation must be improved. I had to create 50 to 60 IDs manually because when I tried the bulk option, it didn't work. I still had to cross-verify because some fields were empty.""API integrations are not supported for all HR tools."

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"Another issue we have with the product is that we run a lot of custom tasks. You have to program them to run on one particular host and there's no automatic failover to a second host. If that host is down when a task is supposed to run, it has to wait until the next time it runs when that host is up.""The user and group management in Azure AD could be better. Our focus these days is dynamic sharing with several on-prem Microsoft applications like SharePoint.""The way you can search groups could be better.""The solution needs an attestation process that includes certification and recertification attestation.""The initial setup was quite easy, but it was time-consuming. It took about three months."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing depends on scope and makes sense for use cases with multiple domains."
  • "It is not expensive."
  • "I am satisfied with the solution’s pricing."
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  • "The price is reasonable. It costs us about 1 million Danish kroner annually, and we also spend about half as much on consultants."
  • "The pricing is on the higher end."
  • "It's fairly priced."
  • "It's expensive."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable features of the solution are its ease of use, the ability for us to customize the access privileges for the users, and integration with ServiceDesk Plus.
    Top Answer:The solution should be made tablet friendly because it works well on iPhones and Android phones, but does not work on tablets. In today's world of mobility, tablets are becoming more commonplace… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is fairly priced. That said, I have nothing to compare it to.
    Top Answer:The solution has not enabled us to reduce password reset times. It has not automated provisioning. The group attestation could be improved. It was a feature that was available in version 5. You can… more »
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    ADManager Plus is an identity governance and administration (IGA) solution that simplifies identity management, ensures security, and improves compliance. With ADManager Plus, manage the user life cycle from provisioning to deprovisioning, run access certification campaigns, orchestrate identity management across enterprise applications, and protect data on your enterprise platforms with regular backups. Use over 200 reports to gain valuable insights into identities and their access rights. Improve the efficiency of your IGA operations with workflows, automations, and role-based access control policies. ADManager Plus' Android and iOS applications help with on-the-go AD and Azure AD management. For more information about ADManager Plus, visit

    One Identity Active Roles is a highly regarded solution for Active Directory (AD) security and account management. One Identity Active Roles will enhance group, account, and directory management while eradicating the need for manual processes. The end result is a significant increase in the overall speed, efficiency, and security of the organization.

    Using One Identity Active Roles, users can:

    • Easily increase and strengthen native attributes of Active Directory (AD) and Azure AD.

    • Quickly unify and automate group and account management while protecting and securing critical administrative access.

    • Free up valuable resources to concentrate on other IT tasks, fully confident that your user permissions, critical data, and privileged access are safe and secure.

    Managing accounts in AD and Azure AD can be tremendously challenging; continually keeping these important systems safe and secure presents an even greater challenge. Traditional tools can be inefficient, error-prone, and very disjointed. In today’s robust marketplace, organizations are finding it somewhat difficult to keep pace with the constant access changes in a hybrid AD ecosystem. Additionally, there are significant security issues to consider (government compliance, employee status/access changes, and other confidential business requirements). And, of course, there is a requirement to properly manage Active Directory and Azure Active Directory access in addition to managing all the other numerous SaaS and non-Windows applications that organizations use today.

    Users can easily automate all of these tedious, mundane administrative tasks, keeping their systems safe and error-free. Active Roles ensures users can perform their job responsibilities more effectively, more efficiently, and with minimal manual intervention. Active Roles was created with a flexible design, so organizations can easily scale to meet your organizational needs, today, tomorrow, and in the foreseeable future.

    Reviews from Real Users

    A PeerSpot user who is a Network Analyst at a government tells us, “It has eliminated admin tasks that were bogging down our IT department. Before we started using Active Roles, if one of our frontline staff members deleted a user or group, it could take several hours to try to reverse that mistake. Whereas now, the most our frontline staff can do is a deprovision, which just disables everything in the background, but it's still there. We can go in and have it back the way it was two minutes later. Instead of it taking two hours, it only takes two minutes.

    Becky P., Sr Business Analyst at George Washington University, shares, “In addition, with the use of workflows and the scheduled tasks, we were able to automate and centrally manage a number of the processes as well as utilize them to work around other product limitations. Those include, but are not limited to syncing larger groups, which have 50,000 plus members, to Azure AD. We sync up to Azure AD using ARS. If we had not already had ARS in place, it would have been impossible for us to have done so in the time period we did it in. We did it in under six months. ARS probably saves us at least two weeks out of every month. It's reduced our workload by 50 percent, easily.”

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    Top Industries
    Non Tech Company22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise54%
    Large Enterprise23%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    ManageEngine ADManager Plus vs. One Identity Active Roles
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about ManageEngine ADManager Plus vs. One Identity Active Roles and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    ManageEngine ADManager Plus is ranked 1st in Active Directory Management with 8 reviews while One Identity Active Roles is ranked 4th in Active Directory Management with 5 reviews. ManageEngine ADManager Plus is rated 9.0, while One Identity Active Roles is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of ManageEngine ADManager Plus writes "An effective auditing solution that scours your AD and produces easy-to-understand logs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of One Identity Active Roles writes "Give us control over attributes a service desk analyst can change, and we can build in integrity rules". ManageEngine ADManager Plus is most compared with Microsoft Entra ID, ManageEngine ADAudit Plus, SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, SailPoint IdentityIQ and Imanami GroupID, whereas One Identity Active Roles is most compared with Microsoft Entra ID, One Identity Manager, SailPoint IdentityIQ, Softerra Adaxes and NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator. See our ManageEngine ADManager Plus vs. One Identity Active Roles report.

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