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SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM)

SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM)


What is SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM)?

SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM) is designed to assist IT and security admins to quickly and easily provision, deprovision, manage and audit user access rights to systems, data, and files.By analyzing user authorizations and access permission you get visualization of…

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What is SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM)?

SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM) is designed to assist IT and security admins to quickly and easily provision, deprovision, manage and audit user access rights to systems, data, and files. By analyzing user authorizations and access permission you get visualization of…

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What is SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM)?

SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM) is designed to assist IT and security admins to quickly and easily provision, deprovision, manage and audit user access rights to systems, data, and files.

By analyzing user authorizations and access permission you get visualization of who has access to what and when they accessed it.

Demonstrate compliance with most regulatory requirements with customized reports.

Provision and deprovision users using role-specific templates to help assure conformity of access privilege delegation in alignment with security policies.

SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM) Features

  • Supported: Active Directory Monitoring
  • Supported: Auditing of Windows File Share
  • Supported: Monitoring of Microsoft Exchange
  • Supported: SharePoint access monitoring and management
  • Supported: User Provisioning and Management
  • Supported: User Permissions Analysis
  • Supported: Custom Report Generation
  • Supported: Self-service Permissions Portal

SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM) Screenshots

Screenshot of Active Directory graphical analysisScreenshot of Create userScreenshot of Exchange Distribution Group propertiesScreenshot of File server permissions analysisScreenshot of Screenshot of Report configurationScreenshot of Resource view

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows Server
Mobile ApplicationNo
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November 12, 2022

Reliable and Easy to Use

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are new to ARM and already have other SolarWinds products that we use. So far it has been working well for our needs. We are still trying to set up the SMTP portion to get automated AD reports via email. It has also helped immensely in helping us discover where the nested shares are in our clients' folder structure systems. One suggestion would be to offer some training during the implementation process. While the application is quite intuitive, it would add to a better implementation experience.
  • AD Reports
  • Folder permissions discovery
  • Implementation process
Overall, Solar Winds Access Rights Manager (ARM) is reliable and easy to use once you figure out how to get what you want from the tool. They have both a client and web version of the tool that can be used. Each one has different functionality so just have to remember where to go to do the task you want. We are still early in our usage, but so far it seems to be working well!
Yunus KÖLEOĞLU | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
To be able to manage and report file server permissions. And also I would like to automate AD user account settings.
  • File server permissions management
  • File server audits and alerts
  • Alert types and settings are not sufficient and there are lots of bugs
I couldn't do what I was exactly expecting from this solution. And local partners in Turkiye are not experienced and knowledgeable enough. Without support from SolarWinds and videos online they can't even install software!
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We're using ARM to manage our Active Directory and File services. In addition too that we periodically need our users to reevaluate the access permissions on their resources, especially team leaders or managers. It is our main tool to make changes in the AD (all fileserver permissions are managed by security groups in the AD). One important feature is the documentation of who made what. We must make annual reports about our work and this documentation to a public institution.
  • Manage Active Directory Users and Groups
  • User creation using templates and automation
  • Documentation of changes
  • You cannot create organizational units in the AD with it.
  • Automation and templates need knowledge of JSON and are not intuitive.
  • Deleted folders cannot automatically delete from recertification as well.
It [SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM)] is well suited for small to medium sized companies who want to enhance and ease up their daily work. As well as it is suited for organized structures, it has its problems with very complex environments. For example, if you are working with direct and multiple permissions instead of having more granular group based permissions.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use SolarWinds Access Rights Manager [(ARM)] across the entire organization. It was primarily put in place to meet audit requirements when granting access to AD groups, file shares and onboarding or offboarding user accounts. We also just began to use the reconciliation feature as it is now available for AD groups.
  • Very good integration with Active Directory
  • Tracking changes made in Active Directory
  • Approvals for access to different group memberships
  • Helps us to improve our processes
  • The emails generated could be improved, a little HTML or RTF goes a long way to readability
  • The UI was designed by a coder, would be better to have some usability testing done.
  • Better integration with non AD applications
I believe Solarwinds [Access Rights Manager (ARM)] is best designed for SMB. We looked at the leaders in Identity Access Management and were quoted big numbers and long timelines. We needed to have something up a running in a couple months without breaking the bank. This fit the bill and met most of the audit requests.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds ARM is used for the self service platform and the automation of access rights on File Server.
  • Automation
  • Reporting
  • Ease of installation and upgrade
  • Level of access should be different in the Self Service portal, depending on where you want access
  • Support is not the greatest I've seen
Great for automation and the API, where you can integrate it with other products.
Self service is great via the web interface, but it lacks the ability to differentiate between departmental folders, if they are set at different levels - Visibility is set to the same level, so if your organization has a different folder structure for a department, then it won't work properly.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Managing and auditing access rights in our organization with SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM) it's simply easier, much faster, and also safe!
  • Windows File Server Auditing
  • Exchange Auditing Software
  • Active Directory Auditing Tool
  • Active Directory Permissions Reporting Tool
  • Active Directory Reporting Solution
  • Monitor and Manage OneDrive Permissions
it does the job well but could be cheaper... maybe a licensing based on usage could make more sense.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We make use of Access Rights Manager in our organization for the provisioning of new user accounts, determining folder permissions for all our shared files/folders on our file/print server, as well as administration for our various security/distribution groups (for example listing all groups which are empty) This has made the tasks of creating new user accounts or group management so much easier, and less time-consuming.
  • New User Creation
  • Security group maintenance - eg displaying all groups which are empty.
  • visual representation of all security permissions set on shared files/folders on our file/print servers
  • The main gripe I have is the process of creating user templates. At present, You have to use a 3rd party addon to create new user account templates. It would be great to have this integrated with ARM as default.
The main benefit we found was with user account creation. Previously this was a much longer process as the account would have to be added to security groups manually, or information regarding job titles, managers, etc would all need to be entered manually. Now with ARM, we have set up templates for all our new users. This means we've cut down on the user account creation time as the templates pre-populate all the correct information specific to that user account.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We purchased SolarWinds ARM when it was owned by 8Man. We bought it as we were commencing a records management project and it was excellent for reporting on the file permissions assigned to users and groups and for AD management. It worked very well initially and we had excellent support from 8Man.
  • Report on file permissions
  • Lists actions performed on files by users
  • AD management
  • Provide reports on accounts in AD
  • Licensing model when we changed over to SolarWinds was [I feel] a nightmare. It needs to be more streamlined and SolarWinds needs to understand what their customers require. When we changed over to SolarWinds we found it very hard to get answers to what modules we were still licensed for.
  • Our current system is not functioning. We can't login to the application with the accounts we created that were working. The error that appears doesn't help to resolve it. So at present we just renewed licenses for this year and we can't use the system.
SolarWinds [Access Rights Manager] (ARM) is well suited to our environment as we still have unstructured data and we are actively working on a project to tighten up access to data. It works very well as an AD management tool which we want to expand the use of. It is a very good tool, but it is constantly breaking on us and it takes ages to get it resolved.
Dylan Eikelenboom | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds Access Rights Manager is used throughout our organisation to manage and inspect access rights to most of the online services we use and to restrict access to only those tools/folders each individual user needs. I use it to visualize all permissions and access to ensure we adhere to the principle of least privileges.
  • Auditing a particular use is very simple and clear
  • You can generate automated reports for review
  • It is easy to set-up
  • The user interface is not very modern or fancy
  • It does not have a lot of integrations with our identify providers beside Active Directory
  • The reports cannot be customised alot
SolarWinds Access Rights Manager is ideal for companies using Active Directory. It allows you to manage all employees' permissions from one location. Besides that, it is also great for cybersecurity experts to visualize all the permissions within the company, to audit them and make sure no one has too many permissions. Considering the scope of the applications, it would be most-suited for medium to large companies.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
ARM is being used by our IT department mainly for auditing of Active Directory, file server permissions, and Exchange mailbox access. ARM has allowed for visualization of permissions that allow users access to specific resources. Being able to visualize the permissions and access through a single view has been helpful for internal auditing and maintenance purposes. We are currently in the process of developing the custom JSON scripts to allow for one-click provisioning of users.
  • Auditing is simplified for user permissions and access to corporate resources. The flow diagrams show which group is granting access.
  • Provisioning if user accounts is simplified and standardized along with easy detection of scope creep.
  • Developing of a self service password reset portal would make ARM even more critical to our infrastructure.
Auditing of ad permissions, exchange permissions, simple provisions of end user accounts and mangement if users as they move from department to department within the company.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Only admins in IT use it. We manage the Dataowner and the Permissions they wanna give to their Users. With ARM we have completely restructured our main File Server and then have redone all of the Permissions based on what the Dataowner wants. We work closely with the Dataowner to make sure everything is set up as they want it.
  • Easy to use, drag and drop, permission change with every change made logged
  • Generating automated Reports for Dataowners to review
  • Log all activity on the File server in case of Breaches or Viruses
  • Design - the old 8Man design was more friendly
  • I miss to option to create custom "Who has access here" reports. My Dataowners dont need to know where users have List rights
Best suited: It is best suited for companies who don't want to worry too much about access rights. The initial workload may be huge, based on the current rights situation in your company, but after setting everything up the time to change or review permissions has dropped drastically. Not suited: If you want to specify permissions on a Folder and have them overwritten each time someone makes a change, ARM is not the product for you.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Easy to use and to manage your Microsoft AD environment, FileRights, and AD Objects and Exchange. Perfect to track your AD changes and GPDR. We have been using it for three years now. Perfect German support.
  • File Access Rights
  • Reporting
  • Exchange reporting
  • Data owners grant access rights to files and folders.
  • Data owners manage group membership.
  • Data owner management (reports from data owner changes).
  • Exchange access reports
  • Recertification overview for admins (which was not recertified until now).
  • More webinars needed to get all the function and to get more out of the product.
Perfect for a Microsoft AD environment.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds Access Rights Manager is used by our IT department for the quarterly access reviews for audit purposes. We managed to shave hours off the process of generating the report of who has access to what, and now we can even schedule it—pure automation. That was the main reason for the purchase decision, and now we are using it to see who did what and more.
  • SolarWinds Access Rights Manager is easy to set up and configure. We had the first report generated in a few hours.
  • The automated feature for the reports is great. We just set it and forget it and now the reports get emailed on schedule.
  • One thing I'd like to see is more customization within the reports. Company branding and colors as well as individual items to include or exclude.
It's well suited to do what we purchased it to do. It is filling a very specific need at a fraction of the cost of our prior solution.
Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have multiple domains which can be challenging and time-consuming, especially as we have a large staff base of roughly 1500 users. Its currently mainly being used by the service desk team to administer, report and also provide automation against AD accounts and objects. With such a large user base and multiple domains, it was easy to lose track of changes being made with a large amount of IT staff having access to make changes. ARM negates that and also provides a level of automation to assist the service desk.
  • Alerts for access and changes to Windows file servers
  • Automation
  • Reporting aspects
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Audit changes to active directory and group policy
  • The GUI can be misleading at times in terms of what you're actually looking for
  • Cumbersome in some places
If you have a large user base then this is a great tool and companion if you own other SolarWinds products, with the holy grail of a single pane of glass. It's quite young in its life, so we can expect a lot more from SolarWinds in the future in terms of development. If you have a small organization, then a lighter weight tool is probably better suited.
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