AD Tidy 2.0 BETA Released

March 8, 2013 — 18 Comments

Anyone following this blog will know that for the last couple of months I’ve been busy working away on re-writing AD Tidy from scratch – and I’m pleased to announce that it is getting very close to being finished, so I have now released a public BETA version.

The BETA can be downloaded here:

EDIT: The official version has now been released, see here for details:

Almost everything that will be in the final version is fully functional in the BETA, with the exception of the Automated Rules feature (which requires a server side service to process the rules, and therefore requires even more performance testing before I release it in any form). There will however be some minor improvements between this version and the first official release, and of course if anyone has any good suggestions from the BETA then I will try and get them included in the final version.

Here’s a few screenshots of the program in action:






As mentioned above, this version has been completely re-written from scratch and hopefully the huge amount of time and effort I have put into it will mean it is even more useful than the original version. There are too many differences and improvements to list but to give some idea of the scale of the difference – the old version was roughly 3000 lines of code, and this new version is 10,000 in its current state (that’s not including the server side components that I’m still working on).

So please feel free to download the BETA and use the Send Feedback button to send any comments you have (good or bad). I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of it and how well it works for them.

I’ll have another blog post up next week with an official release date for the finished version and pricing details for the standard edition etc


18 responses to AD Tidy 2.0 BETA Released


    Thanks for all the hard work, I look forward to testing.


    Hello Chris,

    Just cleared out 13 years of crud from our tiny AD; worked like a charm!

    Best wishes,


      Hi George,

      Glad to hear that 🙂 Did you find it easy enough to use and was there anything you thought could be improved?



    Hey Chris,
    Was curious can either this tool or another tool import a file of computers (like a txt or csv for example) and where those computers exist into different OU’s move them to the same OU? If that makes sense. I am currently use a VBscript to accomplish this but was wondering if you had something a little more elegant.


    Thanks for making AD Tidy better – we love it!


    wow! what a fantastic tool! it runs in seconds, and you don’t even need to enter a username/pwd for those of you that don’t software like this.

    i particularly like the cool graphs on the side. i just installed it a few minutes ago, so i’m sure there’s lots more to it.


      Thanks Shane – and yes by default it will just use your logon credentials or you can choose to enter an alternate username/password if you wish. Yeah I did spend a lot of time trying to make the reports run as quickly as possible (and still want to improve this in the final release) so it is good to hear that it is running quickly for you. Oh and I’m glad someone appreciates the pie charts! 🙂


    Ran AD Tidy and it pulled the list of machines from our domain without issue. However, clicking on ‘Export Charts’ fails and crashes the program with an error box:

    ‘AD Tidy has stopped working’

    This is on Win 7 x64

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: adtidy.exe
    Problem Signature 02:
    Problem Signature 03: 513a1b24
    Problem Signature 04: PresentationCore
    Problem Signature 05:
    Problem Signature 06: 504d99ad
    Problem Signature 07: 1556
    Problem Signature 08: f0
    Problem Signature 09: System.IO.FileNotFoundException
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 2057
    Additional Information 1: bbc7
    Additional Information 2: bbc7bbff95915b0545314848b6f6b503
    Additional Information 3: db25
    Additional Information 4: db2593eae5d65eb52865006a84938f85

    The “System.IO.FileNotFoundException” is an interesting error, and makes me wonder what’s not installed that needs to be?

    Hope this is helpful.



      Thanks for reporting the issue Paul, I’ll have a look into it and get to you shortly


        Ah yes I can see what happened. One of the DLLs that is required for that export routine was not set to be copied to the compilation folder for some reason so it was not being included by the installer. All referenced DLL files are normally set to be copied there by default so I never even thought to check that to be honest. Also I did test the chart export on a fresh Windows 7 test machine at one point so somehow that setting must have got changed on the DLL between that point and me building the installer for the BETA. Pretty strange but at least now it will be sorted out for the final release so thanks a lot for pointing it out


    No problem at all – is there a new beta build available to test?


      Well the official release is going to be released in just over a week so it seems a bit pointless releasing another BETA before then to be honest. The chart export feature is going to change a bit anyway between now and the release


    New version is finally available, see this post for details 🙂

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