ARK for Windows Enterprise (ARKWE) is a powerful audit and reporting solution for the Microsoft Windows Network. ARKWE reports on Windows servers, workstations, software assets, NTFS Permissions, users/groups, policies, events, services, installed applications, shares, permissions, printers, data sources etc. ARKWE also performs event log consolidation and software inventory tracking.
ARKWE's basket of Built-in reports provide powerful, ready-to-use reports that assist in both Management reporting and Compliance reporting requirements such as SOX and HIPAA.
Windows Infrastructure Audit
Complete Software and hardware inventory reports of your entire Windows network - servers, workstations, network resources, configuration settings etc. Identify security holes based on service packs, security updates and hot fixes.
Domain Summary reports about Operating System, IP Address, Roles assigned and installed applications for all the computers in a domain.
Installed services reports on current state, the user account context in which the service operates and it's dependent services for all the individual workstations in your network.
Windows Security Audit
Users and Groups reports from your Active Directory – Last Logon, Membership, Account status, Privileges etc.
NTFS permissions reports across servers and workstations in multiple domains, including Files, Folders and Shares. View permissions using different dimensions.
Local security policy reports such as Password Policy, Account Lockout Policy, Audit Policy, User Rights Assignment Policy, Security Options and IP Security Policies of individual workstations in your network.
Local groups and their users reports of individual workstations in your windows network to analyze and plug security holes, because local groups can contain user accounts or global group accounts from multiple domains.
Windows Event Log Reporting
Events reports on Application Events, Security Events and System Events for all the individual workstations in your network.
What's New in ?
Provision to generate reports against servers and workstations available in domain/workgroup separately.
Provision to filter by Domain Controllers, Servers and Workstations in Scan Entire Domain Option.
View all domains across the enterprise, their associated servers and trust relationships across domains.
Scan an entire domain or only a subset of the domain and generate Summary reports on OS version, Service pack, Hardware configuration, Network Configuration, Shares and Installed Applications for all computers in the domain.
Detailed domain report across the enterprise
Host of information about your servers and workstations
Export Reports using the Power Export Wizard
Flexible Export feature to export reports from ARKWE to HTML / XLSX/ Comma Separated Values (CSV) file format and SQL (specific to SQL database option). Reports may be scheduled for export at different intervals of time – daily, monthly, weekly etc. Ability to export reports across domains and servers in a single task in three simple steps –
Power Export feature to export important report data
Manage Favorite servers
Windows Servers that need special attention can be tracked using "Scan Profiles" tool
Track your favorite servers
Filter and Customize data
Powerful Filter and Customize options to track and report only the desired information across different logical entities.
Filter data from reports to report desired information
E-mail reports to users in the Exchange organization.
Email reports to important users
Multiple report formats
Reports can be generated in HTML /CSV / XLSX / SQL (specific to SQL database option) formats.
Generate reports in various file formats
Supports both MS-Access and SQL Server for data storage.
ARKWE reports about the following resources from a Windows Server: User accounts & Privileges, Policies, Security, Events, Services, Installed applications and General resources such as Shares, Disk Storage, Printers and Hardware information.
Yes, you may delete this error log file. ARKWE generates an error log file in the common application data path. The error log file tends to increase in size over a period of time especially if the application meets with frequent error conditions. The application does an "append" to the error log each time it runs. This is required for diagnostic purposes during trouble shooting. You may delete the error log file periodically.
ARKWE uses the Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Uninstall key to enumerate the list of installed applications. The Display name, Version number,Publisher,Readme and the InstallLocation are taken from this Uninstall subkey. For various reasons, the version number,Publisher,Readme and the InstallLocation may not be set by the applications when they are getting installed. In such cases these are reported as Empty column values in ARKWE.
Similarly, the Installation date is reported using the date of the registry entry under the Uninstall key.
Using the Power Export feature in ARKWE, you can setup and schedule reports for offline generation. Power Export allows you to select multiple reports to be run for several domains and servers across the enterprise at scheduled intervals. You can export the reports in different file formats.
For retrieving Windows Server information, ARKWE creates schedule tasks in Windows Task Scheduler. Based on the settings provided in the Power Export Wizard, the task will run under the specified user account context and retrieve Windows Server information at specified intervals.
This message pops up when you do not have access to the requested data or the data may be unavailable in the destination domain/server. Ensure that the current user context has sufficient privileges to read the requested information from the domain/server.
ARKWE allows the users to customize report views using the ‘Customize’ tool. The ‘Customize’ tool maintains the fields displayed in a report for each domain/server. Check whether ‘customize icon’ is displayed at the left bottom of your screen status bar. If so, you may have used the customize tool and selected the fields to display. The customized fields will be stored and used even when the application is closed and re-opened.
The new Scan Profiles feature, available from version 6.2, replaces the Favorites feature. ARKWE, at application startup, automatically creates a Scan Profile from the list of computers available in favorites.
You can maintain a "named" favorite list of computers by using the Scan Profiles feature. The Scan Profiles feature allows you to create user-defined profiles for repeated use to scan a subset of computers in the network. The Scan Profiles feature is available under Tools menu.
The System Info feature uses WMI to collect report data. WMI is affected by Windows Firewall which blocks unsolicited incoming traffic. To resolve this issue, ensure that Remote Administration permission is enabled in the Domain Group Policy. To enable Remote Administration permission in the Domain Group Policy follow the steps outlined below:
When the enumeration settings option is set to 'Use ADSI'. ARKWE uses ADSI for enumerating servers present in a domain. During this process, ARKWE tries to connect to the Active Directory Server (Domain Controller) of the specified domain internally. If ARKWE is unable to find the domain controller for the selected domain, it will display the corresponding message. The following may be one of the reasons for such scenario:
Computer running ARKWE:
Supported Windows client platform
Supported Windows server platform
* It is highly recommended to have the latest service pack installed on Windows.