Active Roles provides a predefined collection of statistics that helps you understand how many Active Directory domain users and AD LDS users are managed by this product over time. By analyzing this statistical data, you can establish a baseline of product usage, verify your current Active Roles licensing compliance, and plan for future licensing needs. Since Active Roles’ license fee is calculated based on the number of managed users, product usage statistics enables you to justify and predict your Active Roles licensing expenditures. For instructions on how to examine product usage, see Viewing product usage statistics.
For each Active Directory domain or AD LDS instance registered with Active Roles, product usage data is collected on a scheduled basis by counting the number of enabled users in that domain or instance, with the resulting counts stored in the Active Roles database. For further details, see Scheduled task to count managed objects.
By default, Active Roles counts users in the entire domain or instance. It is possible to have Active Roles count users within a part of a domain or instance by changing managed scope—a tunable collection of containers assumed to hold the managed users. For further details, see Managed scope to control product usage.
Active Roles counts the managed objects on a scheduled basis, and provides a report of managed object statistics. This does not impose any restrictions on the number of objects managed by Active Roles. However, as the number of the managed objects is a key factor in determining the license fee, you may need to ensure that your managed object count does not exceed a certain limit. For this purpose, you can configure Active Roles to check the number of managed objects and send an e-mail notification if the total number of managed objects exceeds a given threshold value. For further details, see Voluntary thresholds for the managed object count.
You can view the current total number of managed users on the root page in the Active Roles console. Select the console tree root to open the root page in the details pane, and then expand the Product Usage Statistics area on that page. The count of objects under Active Directory Domains or AD LDS Directory Partitions represents the current number of managed domain users or managed AD LDS users, respectively.
|NOTE: The count can be derived using the LDAP query “(&(objectCategory=person)(objectClass=user))”.|
It is possible to view the average or maximum number of managed users in each domain or instance for a certain reporting period. Click View managed object statistics in the Product Usage Statistics area to open a page allowing you to:
The page displays the counts based on the statistical data collected during the period you choose from the Reporting period options, such as past month, past half-year, past year, or custom date range.
The page displays the current, average and maximum counts of managed users per Active Directory domain or AD LDS directory partition, in the tables under the Number of managed objects in Active Directory domains and Number of managed objects in AD LDS directory partitions headings.
Click Export raw counters at the bottom of the page and specify the desired file name and location. The data is exported in the comma-delimited (CSV) format, representing the daily counts of managed users over the reporting period.
To delegate the task of exporting raw statistical data, apply this Access Template to the Configuration/Server Configuration/Managed Object Statistics container.
Active Roles uses a scheduled task to count the number of managed users in each Active Directory domain and AD LDS instance registered with this product. Every Administration Service in your Active Roles environment runs that task on a daily basis, saving the obtained results in the Active Roles database. The statistical data collected by running that task over time is used to calculate managed object statistics, and can be exported from the Managed Object Statistics page (see Viewing product usage statistics).
The scheduled task in question is located in the Configuration/Server Configuration/Scheduled Tasks/Builtin container in the Active Roles console, and has the name Managed Object Counter. Changes to this task are not allowed, except for changing the start time. You can change the start time on the Schedule tab in the task’s Properties dialog box in the Active Roles console.