Your Active Directory (AD) is the first and most critical step for determining your user and device counts. Although using AD is not an exact science, it is what Microsoft Auditors use as a guide to determine Qualified Devices/Users. So, you will want your AD as clean as possible, to reflect what you actually have and use. However, your AD is often the area of your software environment that is cluttered and is instead full of noise. Which is why MetrixData 360 has created an amazing tool which can determine qualified devices and qualified users in your Active Directory, which can be set to either standard or specific criteria and used to obtain accurate information.
When you import your AD reports into our Active Directory Reporting tool, we use flexible exclusion criteria (combination of standard and / or custom filters) which can be used and reapplied whenever calculating your effective license position is necessary (such as in an audit), in order to determine the following:
This gives you a clear number on how many users/devices have been active in your environment within a certain timeframe (e.g. 30 days). If users or devices are showing signs of inactivity based on the applied exclusion criteria, they are excluded from the Active count.
Not every active device/user in your environment should be considered qualified depending on the software vendor’s definition and can be removed from the Qualified count, driving your required licenses down even further (e.g. Linux devices and Line of Business devices can be excluded from Microsoft’s Qualified Device Count).
Using our tool, we can also create an accurate depiction of Qualified Devices that are not in your Inventory (eluding to potential blind spots in your environment that could be under licensed) and Non-Qualified Devices in your Inventory (eluding to unneeded excess). Our tool can also identify Non-Qualified Users that are assigned Office 365 licenses. With this data, you can shrink or eliminate your compliance gap in a software audit, know what licenses you need to buy and how many during your next contract renewal, and rest easy knowing that our tool provides you with a clear view of the data required to make informed software license decisions.
Our AD Tool also allows the user to view their inventory coverage by domain and device type in order to identify specific gaps within their inventory tool.
Active Directory Reporting Tool is free with the purchase of MetrixData 360 AD dependent tools, creating a fully equipped SAM tool belt. Our other tools that pair well with our Active Directory Tool include: