Netwrix Change Notifier for Active Directory
Free Active Directory tool that keeps you informed about changes in your Active Directory
"Incredible free auditing/monitoring tool. Indispensable tool for anyone who consider himself a competent Windows sysadmin."

Nedeljko Visnjic,

Spiceworks Community

How much time do you spend finding out what was changed in your Active Directory?
Netwrix Change Notifier for Active Directory is free Active Directory software that provides visibility into what’s happening inside your domain by tracking all changes to AD users, groups and group membership, organizational units, and permissions. Daily email reports detail every change made during the last 24 hours, including the before and after values.
See what changed
Shows which Active Directory objects were added, modified or removed, with the before and after values for modified items.
Automate auditing
Aggregates data from multiple sources and automatically sends daily reports on AD changes by email.
Increase efficiency
Delivers meaningful data about every change, eliminating the need to analyze tons of native logs.
Save your IT budget
This 100% free Active Directory audit tool saves you some money and will never expire or stop working when you need it.
Unify auditing of Active Directory, Group Policy and Exchange
Reports on changes to AD, Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and Exchange Server without the need to install additional tools.
Keep tabs on changes from Spiceworks
Netwrix Change Notifier widget enables you to see AD, GPO and Exchange changes right from your Spiceworks dashboard and to filter them by date, object or action type.
If you need clear information about what’s happening inside your Active Directory on a daily basis, native Microsoft tools won’t be of much help to you. You need a tool that provides precise details about every change without any noise. Netwrix Change Notifier for Active Directory stands out from other free Active Directory audit tools by delivering meaningful audit data in a timely and convenient fashion.
Ongoing monitoring of Active Directory changes is critical for timely detection of potentially malicious user activity and prevention of breaches. Our free Active Directory tool enables IT admins to review AD changes daily for incorrect, unauthorized or suspicious activity so they can remediate any issues before they result in a data breach.

Awareness versus Complete Visibility

Netwrix Change Notifier for Active Directory is free Active Directory software that keeps you aware of what is happening in your domain, but it has limited functionality. If you need complete visibility into Active Directory and advanced features such as real-time alerts and change rollback, we recommend you take a look at Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory. You can evaluate it for free and with no limitations for 20 days.
Change Notifier Netwrix Auditor
Feature Change Notifier Netwrix Auditor
Reporting on what objects and attributes were changed, deleted or added in Active Directory
Before and after values for all modifications
Automatic daily email reports showing all changes made during the last day
Who, when and where details for every change
Predefined reports based on SQL Server Reporting Services, with filtering, sorting and export options
State-in-time reports on AD configuration
Google-like search of audit data
Real-time alerts on critical changes
Change rollback/object restore wizard
Out-of-the-box compliance reports mapped to specific regulatory standards (PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA/NIST800-53 and ISO/IEC 27001)
Long-term storage of audit data
Email subscriptions to scheduled AD audit reports with the ability to choose reports, recipients and reporting frequency
Optional lightweight, non-intrusive mode of data collection used for traffic compression
Reports on AD password resets
Single installation that handles multiple domains, each with its own unique settings
Integrated interface for all Netwrix applications, which provides centralized configuration and settings management
Advanced cross-system audit reporting

Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory:

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"Pretty much anything Netwrix ever put out is an example of a product that truly delights me. Their products just work. Plus, they are simple to get going relative to their value. Netwrix AD and GPO tracking software has proven invaluable for reporting purposes."

Richard Muniz,

Network/Systems Administrator

System Requirements

This free Active Directory auditing tool is very simple to install and requires minimal system resources.
  • Intel or AMD 32 bit, 2 GHz
  • 512 MB of RAM*
  • 50 MB of free disk space for product installation
  • Additional space is required for the Audit Archive; the amount depends on the number of AD objects and the number of changes per day.

* This is a rough estimate. The actual memory required will depend on the average number of changes per day in your monitored environment.

Operating System:
  • Windows 7 or higher
Other required components:
  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • Windows Installer 3.1 or above
  • Group Policy Management Console*

* Required only to track changes to Group Policy Objects

Quick Start Guide:
Netwrix Change Notifier for Active Directory