For the best web experience, please use IE11+, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari

Active Roles

Extend and enhance native capabilities of Active Directory and Azure Active Directory with One Identity Active Roles. Accelerate account, group and directory management and eliminate manual processes to increase efficiency and security. Focus on other IT tasks knowing your critical data, user permissions and privileged access are under control.
Unifying the Management of your On-prem and Azure AD Environments with Active Roles 02:59

Key benefits

Deploy Zero Trust and Privileged Security for AD

Automate AD tasks and group management

Simplify the management of complex environments

Delegate and manage permissions accurately


Increase AD Efficiency

Accelerate administration Remove the need for heavy IT involvement and reduce manual errors

Improve security

Deploy Zero Trust with delegated permissions

Simplify management

Control complex environments with a single point of administration

Secure access

Control access through delegation using a least-privilege model


Hybrid AD ready

Hybrid AD ready

Active Roles is optimized to serve the needs of both on-prem AD and Azure AD in a hybrid deployment. This Active Directory management tool offers a single console, unified workflows and a consistent administrative experience across your entire hybrid environment. With support for multi-tenant, Active Roles eliminates the cumbersome, error-prone, and unnecessary challenges that come with using separate native tools and manual processes.
Secure access with Active Directory management tool

Secure access with Active Directory management tool

Active Roles provides comprehensive privileged account management for Active Directory and Azure Active Directory, enabling you to control access through delegation using a least-privilege model. Based on defined administrative policies and associated permissions, it generates and strictly enforces access rules, eliminating the errors and inconsistencies common with native approaches to hybrid AD management. Along with modern authentication using OAUTH, Active Roles has robust and personalized approval procedures establish an IT process and oversight consistent with business requirements, with responsibility chains that complement the automated management of directory data.
Automate account administration with Active Directory security

Automate account administration with Active Directory security

Active Roles automates a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Creating user accounts and groups in AD and AAD
  • Extending AD/AAD-based account administrative actions to non-Windows systems and SaaS applications
  • Creating mailboxes in Exchange and Exchange Online
  • Populating groups across AD and AAD
  • Assigning resource in Windows

As an Active Directory management tool, it excels at automating provisioning of user access rights in AD, AAD and AD-joined systems (including user and group de-provisioning) to ensure an efficient and secure administrative process over the user and group lifecycles. When a user’s access needs to be changed or removed, updates are made automatically across all relevant systems and applications in the hybrid AD/AAD environment, as well as AD-joined systems, including UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X rich (replace ‘as well as’ with ‘and’) and a growing collection of popular SaaS applications via the One Identity Starling Connect solution.

Day to day directory management

Day to day directory management

With Active Roles, you can easily manage all of the following for both the on-prem and Azure AD environments:

  • Exchange recipients, including mailbox/OCS assignment, creation, movement, deletion, permissions and distribution list management
  • Groups management
  • Computers, including shares, printers, local users and groups
  • Active Directory security 
  • Cloud-based Azure Active Directory provisioning

Active Roles includes intuitive interfaces to optimize day-to- day administration and help-desk operations of the hybrid AD/AAD environment via both an MMC snap-in and a web interface.

Extend the administrative scope

Extend the administrative scope

With its support of the SCIM standard, Active Roles offers unparalleled capabilities as the Active Directory management tool for nearly every popular SaaS application (via One Identity Starling Connect), including extending the AD-based account and group administration.
Manage groups and users in a hosted environment with our Active Directory management tool

Manage groups and users in a hosted environment with our Active Directory management tool

Synchronize AD domain clients with host AD domain in hosted environments. Active Roles enables user and group account management from the client domain to the hosted domain, while also synchronizing attributes and passwords, which also benefits your Active Directory security concerns. Utilize out-of-the-box connectors to synchronize your on-premises AD accounts to Microsoft Office 365, Lync Online / Skype for Business and SharePoint Online.
Consolidate management points through integration

Consolidate management points through integration

Offering seamless integration as an Active Directory management tool, Active Roles complements your existing technology and IAM strategy. It simplifies and consolidates management points by ensuring easy integration with many One Identity products, including Identity Manager, Safeguard, Authentication Services, Password Manager and ChangeAuditor. Active Roles also automates and extends the capabilities of PowerShell, ADSI, SPML and customizable web interfaces.

Active Roles comes with all the synchronization technology necessary to manage and secure:

  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle Unified Directory
  • Micro Focus NetIQ Directory
  • IBM AS/400
  • Lync / Skype for Business
  • Exchange
  • One Drive
  • SharePoint
  • AD LDS
  • Office 365 (including roles and groups)
  • Azure AD
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • OLE DB (MS Access)
  • Flat file

Automatic, consistent, and complete management

Automatic, consistent, and complete management

Automatic, consistent, and complete management

Active Roles overcomes the shortcomings of native tools for hybrid Active Directory management and security

Supported platforms

Lync / Skype for Business


One Drive



Office 365

Azure AD

Microsoft SQL Server

OLE DB (MS Access)

Flat file


You’ll only need one Active Directory management tool to control your hybrid AD environment.
Single Pane of Glass
Access Templates
Drag and Drop Workflows
Security Policy
Change History
Single Pane of Glass

Single Pane of Glass

Manage all systems in your hybrid AD environment with a single pane of glass


Before installing Active Roles 7.4, ensure that your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements.

Active Roles includes the following components:

  • Administration Service
  • Web Interface
  • Console (MMC Interface)
  • Management Tools
  • Synchronization Service

This section lists the hardware and software requirements for installing and running each of these components.




Active Roles

Secure and automate the administration, access and provisioning of users and groups for AD/AzureAD

EBook - The top five ways to relieve the pain of managing hybrid AD environments

Managing on-prem AD is hard enough, but when you throw Azure AD into the mix things can get out of control quickly. This eBook ...

Future-Proof Your Tactical IAM Projects.

It’s often thought that identity and access management (IAM) is a term that is reserved for large-scale, strategic projects that...

The Breach Prevention Playbook

This eBook focuses on the IAM practices and technologies that provide the best path to cyber-security.

The 12 essential tasks for managing Active Directory Domain Services

Learn how to efficiently manage Active Directory domain services with the whitepaper "The 12 Essential Tasks of Active Directory...

Use Active Directory groups to manage access control

Learn how to more effectively manage Active Directory access using the techniques described in the whitepaper "Access Control Is...
Case Study

Active Roles help the University of West Scotland delivers fast, low impact systems migration

The university needed to streamline IT management by migrating 22,000 users from legacy environments to Active Directory® and Microsoft®...

Keep Active Directory secure by separating administration roles

Learn how to improve Active Directory security using the techniques described in the whitepaper "The Keys to the Kingdom: Limiting...

Get started now

Simplify the security of your Active Directory

Support and services

Product Support

Self-service tools will help you to install, configure and troubleshoot your product.

Support Offerings

Find the right level of support to accommodate the unique needs of your organization.

Education Services

Training courses delivered through online web-based, on-site or virtual instructor-led.