Microsoft Active Directory Review

Giving you insight into your AD infrastructure
so you improve performance and security

Microsoft Active Directory Infrastructure Review

Starting at £2,850

Summary: Your Active Directory is a critical part of your Digital Infrastructure, but unless you spend the time to keep it under control it will quickly turn into an unwieldy beast.

This comprehensive review will provide you with a thorough analysis of your AD Infrastructure. You will gain clarity as to where you can implement improvements to performance, security and user experience, thereby giving you peace of mind.

It will cover a full review of your Active Directory Infrastructure including Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, NTP, Exchange Server and Security Considerations.

And if you are planning to migrate to Windows 2016, Office 365, AWS, Azure or Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops, this review should form part of your implementation plan.

By implanting this review, it removes a significant risk from migrating to new infrastructure. Losing your AD while implementing a migration is probably the biggest headache you can incur as an IT admin, so why take this risk?

Why implement a Microsoft Active Directory Review?

You should consider an Active Directory Review if you find yourself in these situations:

• You haven’t undertaken a detailed review of your Active Directory Infrastructure for over 12 months

• Or you are planning on migrating to new Digital Infrastructure which is reliant on your AD Infrastructure.


If you haven’t completed a detailed review of your AD Infrastructure for over 12 months?

When we first mention the benefits of implementing an Active Directory Infrastructure Review, a common response is “my AD is fine, it works, and it’s not a priority.”

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, then before you discount the idea of implementing a review, here are some of the reasons you should consider using Axess Systems for this work:

You will have a detailed understanding of how secure your AD is: One of the main benefits you will have is peace of mind with regards to the security of your AD.

I’m sure you’ll agree it is far better to have issues flagged up in a controlled manner.

Like the time we found an administration account with full permissions to someone who had left the organisation five years ago or the time we found all of the admin passwords or admin passwords which hadn’t been changed for seven years… and we could go on.

And if you are certified to ISO27001, ISO20000, ISO23001 then you will know only too well the significance of Access Control Policy. By implementing an Active Directory review, you have documented evidence to provide to an auditor, as part of this Policy.

You will not have the burden of having to recruit or train up a specialist: As you will see from the scope of the engagement, this is a comprehensive review.

So by using a consultant from Axess Systems to conduct this review for you, you are benefiting from their considerable experience.

You will identify where you can prioritise your time and resources: The great thing you will gain from this review is you will know precisely where to prioritise your time and resources to get the best return. The hard work will have been done for you, leaving you with a clear action plan. The actions will cover:

  • Continuity
  • User Experience
  • Efficiency
  • Security


You are planning on migrating to new Digital Infrastructure which is reliant on AD Group Policies

If you are planning to migrate to new Digital Infrastructure which is reliant on your AD, and you are not 100% confident everything is in order, then a review of your Active Directory is simply a must.

It will remove significant risk and pay for itself many times over, by ensuring your project is successful.

I’m sure you will agree there is no bigger headache than losing or trying to recover your AD.

This review will practically guarantee your AD is ready for any migration project you have.

Your Microsoft Active Directory Review can cover:

– Active Directory




– Exchange Server

– Security Considerations

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How we will deliver your Microsoft Active Directory Infrastructure Review

A Senior Virtualisation and Cloud Consultant will implement your Microsoft Active Directory Review. They will use our proven methodology which adheres to our ISO27001 certified IT service management process.

The methodology for delivering your review consists of:

  • Discover
  • Analyse
  • Recommend
  • Presentation of Findings
1. Discover

Your experienced consultant will arrange a call to go through with you the scope and timings of the Review. They will discuss if there is anything specific you wish to focus, and gain insight.

During this call, we will agree a time and schedule for carrying out this review.

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2. Analyse

Following your call, our consultant will commence the analysis phase of the assignment. They will cover and analyse the following:

Active Directory

  • User Analysis
  • GroupsDHCP
  • Computers
  • Organizational Units (OUs)
  • Global Catalog Distribution
  • Site Topology
  • FSMO Role Distribution
  • Group Policy
  • Logon Scripts
  • Back Up
  • Replication
  • Domain Controller Diagnosis Tests
  • Event Logs


  • Forward Lookup Zones
  • Reverse Lookup Zones
  • Conditional Forwarders
  • Forwarders
  • DNS Logs
  • Zone Transfers
  • Security Permissions
  • Duplicate DNS Records


  • Authorised Servers
  • Scopes


  • Time Service

Exchange Server

  • Forest Functional Level Support


  • Windows Updates
  • Exposed Administrator Password
  • Local Administrator Password Solution
  • Golden Ticket Attacks
  • Detection of Temporary Elevated Accounts
  • Domain Controllers
  • Certificates
  • Minimum Password Age
3. Recommendations

Once the Consultant has completed all of the analysis, you will receive a detailed report which will detail the actions which we recommend you implement.

The report consists of:

  • Executive Summary
  • Detailed Action Report
  • Key Recommendations
  • Next Steps
4. Presentation of Findings

Following the presentation of the report, they will arrange with you a call to discuss the report and the findings.

Want to find out more?

If you want to find out how a Microsfot Active Directory Review will benefit you, please get in touch.

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