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Active Roles 8.1.5 - Quick Start Guide

Introduction Active Roles Setup package Active Roles uninstallation System Requirements Deploying the Administration Service Deploying user interfaces Installing additional components Upgrade of an earlier version Performing a pilot deployment Deployment considerations Silent installation of Active Roles components Configuring Active Roles to Manage Hybrid Active Directory Objects Deploying Active Roles for AWS Managed Microsoft AD Active Roles on Windows Azure VM


Active Roles simplifies and streamlines creation and ongoing management of user accounts and groups in Windows Active Directory (AD) environments by automating user and group account creation in AD, Azure AD, mailbox creation in Exchange and Exchange Online, group population, and resource assignment in Windows.

It provides strictly enforced security, rich capabilities for automating directory management tasks, change approval and easy-to-use Web interfaces, to achieve practical user and group account management for the Windows enterprise.

This document is for individuals responsible for deploying Active Roles in their organization. It provides step-by-step instructions for preparing the environment and installing the Active Roles components.

Active Roles Components

Active Roles components

Active Roles divides the workload of directory administration into three functional layers: presentation components, service components, and network data sources.

Figure 1: Active Roles Components

The presentation components include client interfaces for the Windows platform and the Web, which allow users with appropriate rights to perform a precisely defined set of administrative activities. Active Roles also includes the reporting solution to generate reports on the administrative activities.

The service components constitute a secure layer between administrators and managed data sources. It ensures consistent policy enforcement, provides automation capabilities, and enables the integration of business processes for administration of Active Directory, Exchange and other corporate data sources.

The main component of Active Roles is the Administration Service—a powerful rules-based proxy for the management of network data sources. The Administration Service features advanced delegation capabilities and provides the ability to enforce administrative policies that keep data current and accurate. The Administration Service acts as a bridge between the presentation components and network data sources. In large networks, multiple instances of the Administration Services can be deployed to improve performance and ensure fault tolerance.

The Administration Service uses the configuration database to store configuration data that includes definitions of objects specific to Active Roles, assignments of administrative roles and policies, and procedures used to enforce policies.

The Administration Service provides a complete audit trail by creating records in the Active Roles event log. The log shows all actions performed and by whom, including actions that were not permitted. The log entries display the success or failure of each action, as well as which attributes were changed while managing objects in data sources.

Active Roles Setup package

The Active Roles distribution Media folder constitutes the following:

  • ActiveRoles.exe
  • Components
  • Documentation
  • Redistributables
  • Solutions
  • Active Roles Release Notes
Table 1: Active Roles Media contents and description

Media content



The executable file allows you to start the Setup wizard and install the Active Roles components.


Provides separate installer files for the following Active Roles components which enables you to install the default Active Roles components individually:

  • ADSI Provider
  • Configuration Center
  • Management Shell
  • MMC Console
  • Administration Service
  • Web Interface
  • ActiveRoles Synchronization Service


Provides the product documentation including the Resource Usage calculation file.


Provides the pre-requisite redistributables for the latest Active Roles version


Provides the installer files for the following additional components:

  • Add-in for Outlook
  • Add-on Manager
  • Collector and Report Pack
  • Configuration Transfer Wizard
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Management Pack for SCOM
  • SPML Provider
  • Sync Service Capture Agent
  • Administrative Template

Release Notes

Provides information about the latest Active Roles release and the hardware and software requirements for Active Roles and its components.

Active Roles installation

The Active Roles distribution Media folder contains the executable file and installers for the default and additional components that enable you to install Active Roles and its components on your computer.

To install Active Roles and its components

  1. Before installing Active Roles and its components, make sure that all installation prerequisites are met. For information on the hardware and software requirements for each component, see System Requirements in the [Product Name] Release Notes.

    NOTE: Installing the requisite Active Roles components to an offline Active Roles server (with no internet connection available) requires manual installation steps. For more information, see Knowledge Base Article 299533.

  2. Navigate to the location of the Active Roles distribution package, double-click ActiveRoles.exe and start the Setup wizard.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Setup wizard.

    Based on the components selected, the Administration Service, Configuration Center, Web Interface, Management Shell, MMC Console, and ADSI Provider are installed on the system.

    Alternatively, you can also download the installer file and install individual components manually from the respective component folder.

  4. Configure the Administration Service and other installed components.

    NOTE: The Administration Service must be configured and running to configure and start any other Active Roles components.

    For information on installing and configuring the Administration Service see Deploying the Administration Service section.

    For information on installing and configuring the user interfaces see the Deploying user interfaces section.

  1. In addition to Active Roles default components, you can install and configure the following additional solutions components provided by Active Roles:
    • Add-in for Outlook
    • Add-on Manager
    • Collector and Report Pack
    • Configuration Transfer Wizard
    • Diagnostic Tools
    • Management Pack for SCOM
    • SPML Provider
    • Sync Service Capture Agent
    • Administrative Template

    For information on installing and configuring the additional solutions components, see Installing additional components.

NOTE: For more information on extending the Active Roles provisioning and account administration capabilities to your cloud applications, click Learn More in the Setup Progress window.

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