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Active Roles 7.2 - User Guide

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Active Roles is an administrative platform that facilitates administration and provisioning for Active Directory and Exchange. Active Roles enables the organization to develop a flexible administrative structure that suits their needs, while ensuring secure delegation of tasks, reduced workloads, and lower costs.

Active Roles increases the productivity of system administrators and help-desk operators by automating provisioning tasks on directory objects in compliance with corporate administrative policies in corporate Active Directory and Exchange environments. The policy enforcement featured in the product guarantees that every administrative action taken is consistent with corporate security standards, which is a top priority for most organizations.

The Active Roles User Guide is designed for individuals responsible for performing administrative tasks using the Active Roles console (MMC Interface). This document provides information about the Active Roles console user interface, and includes instructions to help delegated administrators and help-desk operators perform day-to-day administrative activities.

The Active Roles User Guide is supplemented with the Active Roles Administrator Guide that provides conceptual information about the product, and includes systematic instructions on how to deploy the Active Roles administrative structure.


Getting Started

Getting Started

Starting the Active Roles console

Getting Started > Starting the Active Roles console

Starting the Active Roles console

The Active Roles console, also referred to as MMC Interface, is a comprehensive administrative tool for managing Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange. With the Active Roles console, you can easily find directory objects and perform administrative tasks.

To start the Active Roles console

  • Depending upon the version of your Windows operating system, click Active Roles 7.2 Console on the Apps page or select All Programs | Active Roles Active Roles 7.2 | Active Roles 7.2 Console from the Start menu.

NOTE: Normally, the Active Roles console automatically chooses the Administration Service and establishes a connection. If the console cannot connect to the Administration Service or you want to manually select the Administration Service, see “Connecting to the Administration Service” in the Active Roles Administrator Guide.

Getting and using help

Active Roles Help explains concepts and includes instructions for performing tasks with the product.

You can use the following guidelines to get assistance while you work:

  • To access Active Roles Help, click Help on the Action menu or Help Topics on the Help menu.
  • To view description of a dialog box, click the Help button in the dialog box or press F1.
  • To view a brief description of a menu command or a toolbar button, point to the command or button. The description is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the window.

You can print a single Help topic or all Help topics under a selected heading.

To print a single Help topic

  1. On the menu bar, click Help and then click Help Topics.
  2. In the left pane of the Help viewer, expand the heading that contains the topic you want to print, and then click the topic.
  3. On the Help viewer toolbar, click Options, click Print, and then click OK.

To print all Help topics under a heading

  1. On the menu bar, click Help, and then click Help Topics.
  2. In the left pane of the Help viewer, click the heading that contains the topics you want to print.
  3. On the Help viewer toolbar, click Options, and then click Print.
  4. In the Print Topics dialog box, click Print the selected heading and all subtopics, and then click OK.
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