Manually Running an Assessment

  1. First, start an administrative command prompt.

  1. Then navigate to the folder under your working directory where the "ADAssessment" run command is stored. From there, execute the run command.

  1. The run command starts the OmsAssessment.exe, which is the actual executable that collects and analyzes data from your domain controllers.

  1. In Task Manager, you should see OmsAssessment.exe running.

Note: For small environments, it may finish in less than 30 minutes. For larger environments, it could take a few hours.

  1. Now that the assessment is running, take a closer look at the working directory. In the working directory, there's a numbered folder that stores the collected data.

Note: You can also review the log files in the image below.

  1. Now we'll just need to wait for OmsAssessment.exe to finish the data collection and analysis phase of the assessment.

  2. Once the OmsAssessment.exe finishes and disappears from Task Manager, the results are stored in the working directory. The files with a processed prefix mean they have been processed and uploaded to Azure Log Analytics.

  1. Under the numbered folder there is a log file that you can review in case of any issues during data collection and analysis phase of the assessment.

  1. There is also a separate log file called Discovery Log that records the environment discovery phase of the process. In this case, you should see the domain controllers in your environment discovered successfully by the assessment.

Note: In this example image, there are two domain controllers in the environment, DC1 and DC2. You should be able to see that they have been successfully discovered.

  1. Wait a few moments for Azure Log Analytics to ingest and index the uploaded data, the Active Directory Assessment tile should now show the number of recommendations and passed checks.

  1. Click on the tile to review the results, which are categorized into several focus areas.

  2. You can click on any one of the focus areas to review issues found, detailed recommendations, and the suggested actions to remediate.

  3. If everything looks good, you can go back and re-enable the assessment task in the Task Scheduler for it to run on schedule.

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