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ManageEngine Automates Google Apps Provisioning, Enhances Office 365 Reporting in ADManager Plus

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced automated Google Apps provisioning for ADManager Plus, its Active Directory management and reporting software. ADManager Plus also gains enhanced Office 365 reporting and a BitLocker recovery password and key package retriever. The new features streamline AD-related tasks by enabling admins to create Google Apps and Active Directory accounts simultaneously; manage Office 365 licenses, users and distribution groups; and retrieve BitLocker recovery information and restore access to BitLocker-protected drives.

“As more of our customers are embracing hybrid environments, we’re enhancing ADManager Plus to meet the demands of managing both on-premise and cloud technologies,” said Manikandan Thangaraj, director of product management, ManageEngine. “Only a couple of months ago, we introduced automatic Office 365 provisioning. Now, we’ve added Google Apps account provisioning. By extending ADManager Plus to include cloud identity management, we help non-technical staff carry out tasks such as user provisioning without knowing the nitty-gritty details of the cloud or on-premise technologies being provisioned.”

ADManager Plus Advances Hybrid Environment Management

To standardize and simplify user onboarding and other AD-related activities, ManageEngine has upgraded the latest version of ADManager Plus with the following new features:

Automated Google Apps Provisioning: When administrators create users’ Active Directory accounts using ADManager Plus, it automatically provisions those accounts with Google Apps user accounts as well. This eliminates the inconsistencies and delays usually associated with a decoupled provisioning system in multi-directory environments, especially when the directory sync fails. Further, this automation provides organizations ample opportunity to safely hand over user onboarding processes to HR and other non-IT staff members.

Office 365 Reports: To help administrators manage their Office 365 tenants and licenses effectively, ADManager Plus offers information that was previously available only via PowerShell scripting. Now, information about available security and distribution groups, proxy addresses of those groups, and last directory synchronization time is readily available in ADManager Plus reports. License usage details are presented in a unified view and format, which provides administrators a clear idea of how to manage the licenses or service assignment.

BitLocker Recovery Password and Key Package Retriever: For organizations that have deployed BitLocker Drive Encryption and chosen to back up the BitLocker recovery data to Active Directory, this report retrieves (from Active Directory) the GUIDs of the encrypted drives and their corresponding recovery passwords. In turn, an administrator can use the passwords to restore access to a drive that fails to decrypt normally. Additionally, the report also provides the BitLocker recovery key package in a downloadable format, which can be used to recover data from a corrupted or damaged BitLocker-protected drive. These provisions save administrators the effort of having to write a script to retrieve the BitLocker recovery data from Active Directory.

Pricing and Availability

ADManager Plus pricing starts at $495. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is available at http://www.manageengine.com/products/ad-manager/download.html.

For more information on ADManager Plus, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/ad-manager/. For more information on ManageEngine, please visit http://buzz.manageengine.com; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

About ADManager Plus

ADManager Plus is a web-based Windows Active Directory management and reporting solution that helps Active Directory administrators and help desk technicians accomplish their day-to-day activities. With an intuitive, easy-to-use user interface, ADManager Plus handles a variety of complex tasks and generates an exhaustive list of active directory reports, some of which are an essential requirement to satisfy compliance audits. For more information on ManageEngine ADManager Plus, visit http://www.manageengine.com/ad-manager/.

About ManageEngine

ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower an IT team to meet an organization’s need for real-time services and support. Worldwide, more than 90,000 established and emerging customers — including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 — rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. Another 300,000-plus admins optimize their IT using the free editions of ManageEngine products. ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp. with offices worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, India, Japan and China. For more information, please visit http://buzz.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog at http://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

ManageEngine is a trademark of Zoho Corp. All other brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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