24 responses to AD Tidy – Free Active Directory Clean Up Tool


    I’ve been looking for a tool like this for such a long time! My company manages networks for many different organizations, and housekeeping is always a real pain with user and computer turnover. Especially since many of our customers have SBS servers, and have a fairly low max license count.
    I am downloading the beta, and will post some feedback.
    Thanks a million!


      Thanks πŸ™‚ would love to hear what you think of the BETA. The final version of the app is nearly finished now, should be another week and then it will be ready for public download. There is one bug in the BETA that I should warn you about (which has been fixed for the final version), though it probably wont affect you if you are dealing with SBS servers – the search will not bring back more than 1000 results from each DC it queries.

      Oh and I work at an IT support company like you as well so I’ve put a lot of effort into making this app work for domains that your user/computer accounts is not a member of. All of the other similar apps that I have tried (that you have to pay for) seem to only work with your local domain, but mine will work even if you just VPN in to a network from a home PC – basically as long as you are able to resolve the domain name and DC names then it should work.


        I doubt that bug will ever really be an issue for me. Our largest customer is a couple hundred nodes, so not too worried about the 1000 result limit. Works great so far! I’ve never had so much ease in cleaning up a DC before.
        One question I have, I haven’t yet tried this on a DC running exchange, (ie: pretty much any SBS server). My question is, when deleting an SBS user from the AD, the system prompts you if you would also like to delete their exchange mailbox. I was afraid to experiment with this on a production server, have you tested this instance? I don’t mind if it doesn’t, but just so I know to take note of the stale users before deleting them from the ADTidy window, so I can manually delete the same object from the exchange server.
        Once again, kudos on an amazing app, you’ve made my working life so much easier! Work smarter, not harder, that’s my philosophy.
        If you ever find yourself in Ottawa Canada, let me buy you a beer!


          haha I’m not sure I will ever be in Ottowa Canada (I live in England) but thanks for the offer πŸ™‚ As for the SBS question – no this app wont do anything with Exchange accounts so you would have to manually remove those I’m afraid. You could use the Export To CSV action in my program before you use the disable/delete action so that you have got a list of all of the users that you have modified πŸ˜‰
          Oh and I would still recommend waiting for the full version to come out next week before you use the app for any serious work as there are quite a few additional features and bug fixes in it πŸ™‚ I’ve mentioned pretty much all of the features that will be in the final version in this post that I posted today: https://cjwdev.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/ad-tidy-active-directory-clean-up-tool-update/


      Not a problem, I appreciate all the work you’ve put into this app. I’ve only been using it as a lookup tool for the moment, to query for old objects, and making any other changes manually. I was definitely going to be waiting for the complete version before I tried any of the integrated features on productions sytems. I love beta apps, but you can’t be too careful.
      As soon as the final version is available, I will be the first to download.
      Thanks again!


    I’ve been out of the loop for a bit, and I haven’t gotten around to an update on here for a while, I just wanted to drop by and say that this is the most amazing server maintenance app that I’ve ever come accross. I haven’t run into any issues with version 1.0 so far.
    Thanks again for taking the time to set this up for your fellow administrators, and especially for making this available at no cost.


      Thanks a lot πŸ™‚ glad its helping people out. Oh and I’d recommend upgrading to the latest version for a few new features and bug fixes πŸ˜‰


    An awesome piece of software, thanks very much! Really helped me with a small project that I have been doing.

    Definately payware quality. Keep up the good work.



    Great app, keeps everything together and easy to see!

    Confirmation number: 15R59892WJ410342J


      Thanks Mike πŸ™‚ and thanks a lot for the donation, it is very much appreciated!
      If any of my other apps look useful to you then just let me know if you want any of the paid for versions and will give you a discount. You can find my other apps here: http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software.html

      Thanks again


    the tool is very nice and in deed helped a lot in keeping AD clean. As a request if possible can you add another function that can help to change Workstation’s Local Admin password.

    I have tried to look out for a tool that can easy the process of changing desktop /Laptop local Admin password but couldn’t find any.



      Hi John,

      Have you had a look at the new Group Policy “Preferences” items in Server 2008? You can use these to reset the local admin password on workstations (as long as the workstations are Vista or above, or they have the GPO Preferences CSE installed)


    This is an awesome tool! I was using PowerShell before I found the tool that you made. However, this is so much better! It makes account audits a whole lot easier.

    The best part is that you made it free and shared your creation with other Administrators. For that, I tip my hat to you and say sincerely, “Thank you!”

    I am also testing out your AD Info tool – which is awesome as well!


    I wanted to add a thanks for this as well. It’s a nice looking tool and is easy to use.

    I will probably use it to find accounts that have not been logged on in the future but for now I just used it to find the last log on time of a specific user.


    Thank you for this awesome tool! Our OUs were full of old junk, you saved me a lot of time.


      Thanks James, glad to hear that πŸ˜€

      Oh and also, there will be a new version released in the not too distant future with a completely new user interface and some nice new features πŸ™‚


    This tool is amazing! I was sure I was staring into the gaping maw of days worth of manual deletions and disabling. Thanks!


    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS SUCH A GOOD TOOL, thumbs uppp


    It’s a nice tool to manage AD, but I face a question. I can run this tool by every “Domain Admins”, but after I got the user or computer accounts that I want. I can’t take action(like move to other OU) by any “Domain Admins” except the Domain “Administrator”. Did anyone face this problem? How can I fix it? I guess it’s permission problem, but I don’t know how to do….Thanks

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