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Giveaway of the day — AD Unlocker Pro

AD Unlocker Pro is a small application that will automatically search current Active Directory for any locked out accounts and display the related usernames.
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AD Unlocker Pro was available as a giveaway on February 24, 2011!

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AD Unlocker Pro is a small application that will automatically search current Active Directory for any locked out accounts and display the related usernames. Unlocking these locked out accounts is only one click away! Every functionality is available in a user-friendly graphical interface, so you don’t have to use command line. You will not anymore have to remotely connect to your Active Directory server just to unlock an user account!

Moreover, if you have administrative rights on your Active Directory, no configuration at all is needed! AD Unlocker Pro will automatically detect your current Active Directory and use your current user account to connect to it. Otherwise, you can still use an alternate login that has privileges in Active Directory.

Commercial usage is allowed for this title.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ Server 2003/ Server 2008

Publisher:

AD Unlocker Pro

Homepage:

http://adunlockerpro.com/

File Size:

1.11 MB

Price:

$14.99

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#32

@32
#1 - Active Directory stores information and settings for a deployment in a central database. It allows system admin to assign policies and keep software up-to-date. These networks can vary from a small installation with a few computers, users and printers to an enterprise size corporation with thousand's of users. One program right off the top of my head is known as Microsoft SharePoint.
#2 - ??
#3 - Active directory is only found in Windows Server Editions. (ex. Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2)
#4 - I learned this information from work.
#5 - Just search for Active Directory, or SharePoint for more information.

@2 I agree, like Stan has said, this program is rather inexpensive, this would be a great tool to have with SharePoint Password Change. I would also like this tool to be able to change passwords like the program above. That would be a great combination!

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Have used computers since Commodore CBM710 and IBM PCG (early 80'ties)
Should think I have a fairly good knowledge of CP/M, DOS, and Windows

But this AD thing make me speechless !

1. What does ACTIVE directory imply ?
Are there also passive ones ?

2. Where exactly do we find it ? URL, please
(I use my belowed WinXP PRO 5.1.2600)

3. Is this AD thing found in every Windows version ?
Only on servers, not PC's ?

4. Where did all YOU people today
learn about this strange hidden secret knowledge ?

5. Are there any guides, readme.txt, or .pdf information
included in f.ex. my WinXP Pro ?
(I have not been able to find anything !)

Tobiasson, Oslo, Norway, Europa

Reply   |   Comment by Tobiasson  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#30

I see all the negative responses to today's giveaway!
Not knowing something does not mean necessarily that you don't need it, but it is true for this case.
One of my ex-employer's system was programmed to force users change their passwords every 6 weeks. New passwords had to be different from the last 4 or 5 passwords. Everyone had to call the IT department to unlock their accounts every now and then. I guess the IT team there will be very happy to put their hands on this little tool. I just called my IT guy to let him know about today free offer. I'm sure he will be happy having this.
For other people, this program is useless.

Reply   |   Comment by Sherko  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#29

Thanks GOTD for having a useful util for those of us who are working on large networks!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#28

My thoughts!? This doesn't go far enough to be of interest for "personal use"
This is a standard commandline issue for a network environment.

As it was stated in above comments, few people would have a use for this at 'home'. For those that need a few more legitimate-use steps for a home networking environment, try things like take-ownership;
about the only use for unlocking viewing access to other accounts I can think of is to transfer around "account" access rights in system files and lower-function filesystem files and indices. In that case; this only does the very first step in the process.

Reply   |   Comment by lostinlodos  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#27

This program only shows you a list of locked- out logins, it do not give you the login password to your computer. For home use I recommend Ophcrack. http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/

Reply   |   Comment by JEROME  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#26

If you're already in an AD environment all you have to do is install the active directory admin tools locally on your workstation and you have the same benefits and more.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#25

"Erreur - Negating the minimum value of a twos complement number is invalid. Check Tools -> Options..."

1. Whatever happened to localization? I was half expecting the Options window to be in French...

2. Whatever happened to user friendly error messages? Two's Complement? I have a computer science degree and I still can't figure out what the issue is given that error message... I can only imagine what the sys admin with 6-9 month course in windows networks will make of it...

3. Tools -> Options window has only a plain cheese pizza option. No toppings.

This program sux... I can write this myself in a day. And it will be better... Uninstall, and blacklist the website of the people that made it.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#24

@Ward(#22): I know it's not entirely automatic (thanks for pointing that out though), but it is only one click away from that. I cannot imagine any security measure that would benefit from being undone by just one mouse click. Unlocking accounts in bulk doesnt't seem like something any sane administrator should even want to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#23

@19
Generally speaking I think any business looks to grow. By offering a broader spectrum of programs, maybe they can reach new users who wouldn't have much use for some of the programs we can't live without. One man's trash is another man's treasure. For instance, my sister owns a Mac, and I recommended those Give-aways to her. I believe more users = more programs for all of us. Win, win. I can't use this but keep up the great work GAOTD, I guess I'll check back tommorrow LOL.

Reply   |   Comment by D  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

@Ozawa, I would normally agree with you - but in this case, it is true - If you don't understand it - you don't need it! Just read some of the comments - like Don's #16. This is for a Network Administrator with a large domain structure of computers in a commercial setting! I know what this does, have had the training and certification and even I don't need it! lol.

For the people that think it's only for private use - it does say right under the description that Commercial use is okay for this one.

Oh and #5 @ed - It doesn't automatically unlock accounts - it automatically scans for locked accounts and displays them. Automatic unlocking would totally defeat any security for the network. (Not that it hasn't happened before!! lol)

Reply   |   Comment by Ward  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#21

Looks useful for bulk account unlocks to ward off support calls. Like when the Conficker virus was reaking havoc.

If you are installing on a machine that will be used by multiple admins logging in with their own AD accounts, you should activate this program under each account.

@SR - Download any of the freeware proxy server software (like this one), install it on any computer within the domain that has Internet access and point your server to browse the Internet through that computer.

Now, if someone could just create a one click solution to fix broken AD Trust Relationships!

Reply   |   Comment by Mattie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

It actually can be useful at home. As a parent I must be an entire IT department. My kids and my systems are safe because I run our network like a corporation.

Reply   |   Comment by Dalton  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#19

#2:
"For those that don’t understand what this program does, the succinct answer is that if you don’t know then you don’t need it and can’t use or benefit from it."
Thanks for that part Stan, and the more then enough explanation of why the quoted part is valid.
I do wonder, a little bit, why GAOTD offers a program like this? One that, it would seem, is of use to a very small percentage of regular users. It seems quite out of step with the generally excellent, and more 'average' user useful, programs offered here. Then again, there have been, recently as I recall, a couple of MAC programs offered here, when I suspect that the vast majority of visitors/users are on Windows based machines.
Still, I have tried out many programs offered here, a couple have even led me to go ahead and purchased regular licensed versions.
So.....Thanks again GAOTD for an overall very VERY useful and "must have" site.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim in Erie CO  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Can I use this on a standalone PC to get into accounts for which I have lost the Password. Does anyone know an answer?
Adam

Reply   |   Comment by Adam  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#17

Upon login I get:
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Erreur
---------------------------
Negating the minimum value of a twos complement number is invalid.

Check your configuration in 'Tools' > 'Options' menu.
---------------------------
OK
---------------------------

Uninstalling this app.

Reply   |   Comment by SR  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#16

I'm a net admin and I immediately understood it's use and it's value. One use: Normally, you have a three strike lockout on passwords. Get it wronge thrice, and you're locked out for X period of time. Say Joan User works nights and you see her locked out at 10:30AM. Somebody's crackin on your network. Find them and give them a good flesh wound for their effort. (I wish)
Use two: Some people just have passwordheimers. Every couple days they need unlocked. Oh well. Can't fire them and you can't bury them in the parking lot.
P.S. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to use the word 'thrice'.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#15

@ Stan - you're right - I know I don't need this, and many of the GAOD offerings, but I do appreciate the explanation of what it does. Knowledge is good and sharing knowledge is better!

Even though I don't try much of the software I enjoy reading the comments daily and try to see if there's some tip or trick I can learn to improve my activities. As I said, most are a NO - not a thumbs down certainly - but just not for my needs so I couldn't evaluate the s/w.

Reply   |   Comment by jude  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)
#14

For non-commercial use.... I bet there are a few thousand Active Directory setups on home networks... not

Reply   |   Comment by KC  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-31)
#13

I would like to use this on one of my administration servers, however it doesnt have internet access as it works inside the domain only. how am i supposed to activate this?

Also, not stated is that you will need DotNet 2.0 to be installed if you are using XP or Windows Server 2003.

Reply   |   Comment by SR  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#12

@#2 So why didn't u suggest they add the password change feature in the suggestion area so they don't miss ur valuable feedback.

Reply   |   Comment by Adam Murphy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#11

seems like a solid business tool, app.
Finally something else for the teckies who follow GOTD & already have the latest 'converters/etc' that we see publicly 'tested' :) here.
maybe the new facebook app got them some new dev. attention teams with some offerings...a total win/win

Reply   |   Comment by kismet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#10

@2 and 8. “If you don’t know, you don’t need it”....I can't agree with it. In the past, i encountered several softwares that i had no idea of them. However, after reading their descriptions, visiting their web pages and also discussing this community, i found some of them are extremely useful. I couldn't believe how i had lived without them. If we just ignore giveaways because we don't know, then how we can improve our cyber lives? Be curious and you will become just better step by step!

Reply   |   Comment by Ozawa  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)
#9

Thanks Stan. Great point, if you don't know you probably don't need. LOL I do appreciate you taking the time to explain what this is though I certainly don't need it. I do like to learn what some of the GAOTD's are that I don't understand. I sure don't need this one but I did learn something and that's always valuable.
Thanks again!

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#8

Thank you Stan, that's what I thought but wasn't sure. "If you don't know, you don't need it" is very good advice btw.

Reply   |   Comment by nwcurtis  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#7

can you use it when cannot access HD attached by USB? this has happened to me, when trying to copy data

Reply   |   Comment by mac  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-39)
#6

it could be used in personal not everyone charges for service and some people not having a business do offer free accounts for free webpages

Reply   |   Comment by anonymous  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-37)
#5

It specifically says "Commercial usage is allowed for this title.", so you can use it not only as a private person. However, automatically unlocking locked AD accounts totally defeats the purpose, I would seriously question any administrator who would consider this a useful tool...

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#4

3) Strictly personal usage.

Hm, I don't know how many people use that huge network-things private so I'd say this program is more useful (aw c'mon it's not really after all) for System Administrators in Business things ... or to say it in another way: This GAOTD can't be used where it should be used mostly.

After all this program doesn't help me changing things in locked accounts. Just to see them and unlock them is only one step I'd need to go for administrate those accounts.

I'd also say: Normal users shouldn't care about this kind of stuff and they may shouldn't know which accounts are locked or are even existing.

A good administrator knows his system and doesn't need this tool otherwise he failed his job.

Just my $0.02

greetz Morrow

Reply   |   Comment by Morrow  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-43)
#3

Hello everybody! Beginning with a huge positive, thank you to Give away of the day for their years of great work and bringing us some awesome software for nothing..... Some great and some with some work to do, but that is the point of giving out the software... to give feedback and to improve its functionality.

Today’s giveaway is AD unlocker pro. Can anyone tell me what this does? The description we are left with not only fails to accurately describe what it does, but the description is full of spelling mistakes. ‘functionnality’? I don’t think so! I’m not sure about all computer users out there, but if spelling is a concern, then I shudder to think how the computer code will affect my computer.

I had a look at the company’s website and it boasts many awards, but clicking on them just repeats the blurb, full of spelling mistakes and doesn’t reveal why it gained the award, let alone, any more detail on what the software actually does. At the time of writing this, there are 21 thumbs up.

I would assume that the 21 people that like the software can enlighten me on what this does and how they gained confidence in the software.

Reply   |   Comment by Haunted  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)
#2

For those that don't understand what this program does, the succinct answer is that if you don't know then you don't need it and can't use or benefit from it. It is intended for Systems Administrators in a Windows Active Directory environment that often need to unlock user accounts. These user accounts typically become locked because the user has entered a bad password too many times within a short period of time. It is of no use to non-business users.

I assume that the "strictly personal usage" portion of the GOTD terms and conditions doesn't apply to this program? This program would be of no use in a non-commercial environment.

To those administering an Active Directory, this would be a very useful program. I personally always use Dameware Utilities for unlocking accounts, as it can sort the user accounts by the locked/unlocked (locked = yes/no) status. This way, with just a click, the locked accounts appear at the top of the window. However, Dameware Utilities is a fairly expensive package that many administrators do not have access to. This program at only $14.95 is a bargain (and free is even better, of course). However, what appears to be missing is the ability to change a user's password from this program. In my experience, many times the reason a user's account is locked out is because the user has changed their password and doesn't remember what the new password is. In this instance, you would still need to open the normal AD tools in order to change their password back to something known. Perhaps this could be added in the next version?

Reply   |   Comment by Stan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+303)
#1

Could somebody explain me what does this software exactly do? I've visited its website and still don't get it. It seems if i've a list of subscribers/users who are locked (btw, why locked ?) then this will unlock easily...?
THanks anyway

Reply   |   Comment by Ozawa  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+76)
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