I just heard today that NetPro's ChangeAuditor was nominated as a finalist for the Best of TechEd 2008 IT Pro Awards. That is great recognition for product that has been so successful for us and for our customers over the last several years.
When we first defined ChangeAuditor (back in 2002!) it was intended to be an automated change log for Active Directory administrators. Any administrative change you could make to AD, ChangeAuditor would track and record who made the change, when and where the change was made, and what the old and new values were. If you changed an ACL on an OU, or added a site-link, or deleted a GPO setting, or changed an NTDS registry setting on a DC, ChangeAuditor would immediately record the who, what, when, and where (you had to add the why manually).
My favorite customer experience with ChangeAuditor happened during a proof-of-concept installation at A Really Large Semiconductor Manufacturer. Their AD spanned the globe and supported more than 100K users. The AD admin team managed their AD like their lives depended on it, and they had change control processes in place that would make an IT auditor weep with joy. The AD team were justifiably proud of their tightly-run ship, and needless to say, they were absolutely floored when they saw the kinds of changes being made by delegated admins that flew underneath their change control radar. It was an impressive demo.
Since then, ChangeAuditor has grown both in depth and breadth. ChangeAuditor now tracks essentially any change made to AD, administrative or otherwise, and provides a truckload of useful out-of-the-box administration and compliance reports. And ChangeAuditor tracks changes in other platform services as well, including Exchange, SQL Server, and Windows file servers. You can expect support for other core services Real Soon Now (tm).
Congratulations to the ChangeAuditor product team at NetPro for this fine recognition.
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