COMPASS - Active Directory Management Tool

Active Directory is the foundation of your network. It is the structure that manages and controls access to some of the most critical resources in your organization.

  • Real-time network monitoring
    Compass allows real-time network monitoring of all domain controllers. Ensure that they are able to communicate to users and with other DC’s in the same domain, site and forest
  • Stay Up & Running
    Compass helps ensure that your AD infrastructure is configured correctly and stays compliant. It also checks to see that all vital components of your AD (domain controllers) are functioning correctly.
  • Single Concise Tool
    Compass is a unique and innovative systems management tool that combines all the key elements for Active Directory monitoring and reporting delivered in a single easy to use dashboard.
  • Developed by AD Architects
    Developed by Active Directory Architects that have had real world experience managing and troubleshooting numerous enterprise environments.
  • Replication monitoring
    Replication issues are not always easy to uncover. Compass makes it easy by notifying you if there is an issue.
  • Proactive Monitoring
    Continuous verification of core AD services. Compass keeps an eye on all the key services including: Netlogon, AD Domain, DHCP, DNS, KKDC, and Time. Operating system monitoring - components such as disk space, memory, CPU and memory usage.
  • Name Resolution verification
    Compass automatically validates your Domain Controller DNS settings.

AdvantagesShow more

Improve Security
Compass provides over 30 reports that enable Administrators to quickly audit AD resources to ensure that IT staff have appropriate rights. Replication monitoring helps detect if there is an issue stopping security changes from going into effect.

Identify & Resolve Issues
Active Directory depends on a functioning and correctly configured DNS. Compass automatically tests these components and helps you ensure that your DNS setup is correct.

It's Simple
Compass provides an intuitive and easy to use award winning dashboard that displays all vital components of Active Directory which enables administrator to quickly identify issues before they become outages.


With Compass Active Directory monitoring tool, you can avoid the following problems:

  • Logon Failure
    Logon failure can occur throughout the domain or forest if a trust relationship or name resolution fails, or if a global catalog server cannot determine universal group membership.
  • Account lockout
    User and service accounts can become locked out if the PDC emulator is unavailable in the domain or replication fails between several domain controllers.
  • Domain Controller failure
    If the drive containing the Ntds.dit file runs out of disk space, the domain controller stops functioning.
  • Application failure
    Applications that are critical to your business, such as Microsoft Exchange or another e-mail application, can fail if address book queries into the directory fail.
  • Inconsistent directory data
    If replication fails for an extended period of time, objects (known as lingering objects and re-animated objects) can be created in the directory and might require extensive diagnosis and time to eliminate.
  • Account creation failure
    A domain controller is unable to create user or computer accounts if it exhausts its supply of relative IDs and the RID master is unavailable.
  • Security policy failure
    If the SYSVOL shared folder does not replicate properly, Group Policy objects and security policies are not properly applied to clients.
  • Bad backups
    Ensure that your AD is backed up regularly with Compass.

Monitoring Options

Report Options

System RequirementsShow more

Operating SystemWindows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
RessourcenSpace 512 MB,
Memory 2 GB
Microsoft .NET Framework4.0 or later
IIS7.5 or later
SQL Server optionalSQL Server 2005
SQL Server 2008
SQL Server 2012
Internet Explorer8.0 or greater

VideosShow more

Video: COMPASS Reports Enhance AD Security

COMPASS enhances security and gives AD Admins peace of mind through its detailed reports. COMPASS includes nearly 50 out-of-the-box reports that help AD administrators protect AD security and the security of their jobs.

Video: Active Directory Replication Troubleshooting
In this video, we will look at how Compass uniquely and accurately identifies replication problems between the main controllers through alerting Active Directory administrators via e-mail or text message and the one-look dashboard which features easy-to-read green, yellow and red indicator lights.