Active Directory Snapshot Reporting
In addition to reporting on “dynamic” changes on the most detailed level with information about WHAT the change was, including pre and post-change values, WHO made the change (user name), WHEN the change was made (date and time), WHERE the change was made (domain controller name), NetWrix Active Directory Change Reporter features “static” Snapshot Reporting for Active Directory. Snapshot Reporting is a feature that captures the Active Directory contents of the current state (or snapshot). These snapshots are taken regularly and can be used for generating reports.
For example, creating a report called “Snapshot - All User Accounts Enabled and Disabled” can be used to view all enabled and disabled user accounts for 30-days or 60-days ago, as well as additional time periods. Accounts are usually disabled for terminated employees and can be re-enabled back when employees rejoin the company. All such operations should be carefully monitored to make sure that no unauthorized accounts remain active. The Snapshot Reporting feature makes this possible.
The Active Directory snapshot is updated every 10 minutes (by default) and written into the database. Active Directory contents snapshots made in the past are stored in the database and may be used for reporting at any time. Having the ability to recall what the Active Directory contents looked like at a point in the past can be very useful. View full list of Active Directory snapshot reports.
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A very useful tool I´ve found is NetWrix Active Directory and GPO Change Reporter. Basically, it does just that. /Richard Muniz, Spiceworks Community/