Best Active Directory and Group Policy Management products of 2006 staff

In 2005, major innovations in Active Directory and Group Policy software were made. 2006 was no different. Administrators were treated to a number of new products over the past year, offering more efficient and secure ways to monitor their environments.

The staff at worked 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 2006, using the following criteria:

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

Our 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 2007, these product releases certainly make for another step in the right direction toward more secure and efficient IT environments.

How we selected the winners