Best Active Directory and Group Policy Management products of 2005 staff

Innovations in Active Directory and Group Policy software once again had major effects on IT networks in 2005. Administrators hungry for more sufficient and secure ways to run and monitor their environments were given a variety of new products to choose from over the past year.

The staff here at got together with company representatives and seasoned IT experts to come up with the "best of the best" of all the Active Directory and Group Policy software products released in 2005, using the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Performance
  • Ease of integration into environment
  • Ease of use and manageability
  • Functionality
  • Value

Our selected panel of expert judges looked at a variety of products from both categories, and rated the top three in each. While there are still new innovations to look forward to in 2006, these recent releases certainly make for another step in the right direction toward more secure and sufficient IT environments.

How we selected the winners