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Audit Collection Services Administration (AdtAdmin.exe)

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

The primary tool for managing Audit Collection Services (ACS) in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager is a command-line tool, AdtAdmin.exe, which is run locally on an ACS collector. You can use AdtAdmin to view current configurations and change the default configurations that apply to the ACS collector and ACS forwarders. AdtAdmin also allows you to apply filters that limit the events that are stored in the ACS database. These filters are formatted as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Query Language (WQL) queries. (WQL is a subset of the American National Standards Institute Structured Query Language (ANSI SQL) with minor semantic changes to support WMI.)

AdtAdmin Syntax

AdtAdmin has 12 parameters, each of which has a few to several subparameters. The general syntax of AdtAdmin is as follows:

AdtAdmin.exe /<Parameter> [/<Subparameter>:<Value>]

The following table lists each parameter of AdtAdmin along with a description. For more information about the syntax of a specific parameter, click the name of the parameter in the table to link to the topic that describes it.

 

Parameter Description

AdtAdmin.exe /AddGroup

Creates a group on an ACS collector. Groups are used to organize ACS forwarders.

AdtAdmin.exe /DelGroup

Deletes a previously created group on an ACS collector.

AdtAdmin.exe /Disconnect

Disconnects an ACS forwarder or group of forwarders from an ACS collector.

AdtAdmin.exe /GetDBAuth

Displays the authentication method used by the ACS collector to connect to the ACS database.

AdtAdmin.exe /GetQuery

Displays the WQL queries currently in use on an ACS collector. WQL queries are used to filter events before they are saved to the ACS database.

AdtAdmin.exe /ListForwarders

Displays the name and some statistical information on the ACS forwarders that are connected to an ACS collector.

AdtAdmin.exe /ListGroups

Displays the groups that are present on an ACS collector.

AdtAdmin.exe /SetDBAuth

Specifies which authentication method the ACS collector uses to connect to the ACS database. Windows Authentication and SQL authentication are the available authentication methods.

AdtAdmin.exe /SetQuery

Defines a WQL query that the ACS collector uses to filter the audit event data.

AdtAdmin.exe /Stats

Displays statistical information about the ACS forwarders that are connected to an ACS collector.

AdtAdmin.exe /UpdForwarder

Allows you to change the name and the value of an ACS forwarder and also to change the group to which an ACS forwarder belongs

AdtAdmin.exe /UpdGroup

Allows you to rename a group.

Common Subparameters

Each AdtAdmin parameter has from a few to several subparameters. The subparameters allow you to apply a command to a specific ACS collector, a specific ACS forwarder, or group of forwarders and are the same for most AdtAdmin parameters. The subparameters, defined in the following table, can be used with an AdtAdmin parameter unless otherwise noted.

 

Subparameter Description

/Collector:CollectorName

Specifies an ACS collector to run a command against. If this subparameter is omitted, the local ACS collector is assumed.

/Forwarder:Name

Specifies an ACS forwarder by its computer name.

/ForwarderID:ForwarderIDNumber

Specifies an ACS forwarder by its identification number. An identification number is assigned to an ACS forwarder when it first connects to the ACS collector.

/ForwarderSID:SID

Specifies an ACS forwarder by its computer security identification number (SID).

/Group:GroupName

Specifies a group of ACS forwarders by the group’s name.

/GroupID: IdentificationNumber

Specifies a group of ACS forwarders by the group’s identification number. An identification number is assigned to a group when it is first created.

/Value:ValueNumber

Specifies an ACS forwarder or ACS group by its assigned connection value. The ACS collector prioritizes connections from ACS forwarders using connection values that range from -1 through 99. A -1 value means the forwarder is part of an ACS group and that the group's value is used to determine the forwarder's priority. A 0 value means the ACS collector ignores data from that ACS forwarder or group. If event saturation is detected, a collector disconnects forwarders or a group of forwarders with lower values before disconnecting forwarders with higher values.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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