Health check

This is the default report produced by PingCastle.
Documentation » Healthcheck

It does quickly collect the most important information of the Active Directory to establish an overview on it. Based on a model and rules, it evalutes the score of the sub-processes of the Active Directory. Then based on this evaluation, it report the risk evaluation of it.


AD connectivity

Access to the Active Directory via a local account or an account from a trusted domain

No local requirements

PingCastle requires only the dotnet framework version 2 available starting from Windows 2000

No domain requirements

Any users can query the objects stored in the domain or the GPO objects.

Build it

The report can be generated in the interactive mode by choosing “healthcheck” or just by pressing Enter. Indeed it is the default analysis mode.

It can be run using the command:

PingCastle.exe --healthcheck --server


The report is divided in 4 parts. The parts are described below.

The most recent list of rules used by PingCastle is available here.


The Score is computed by the maximum of the 4 sub scores:

  • Privileged accounts
    It is about administrators.
  • Trusts
    It is about the links between Active Directories (reminder: one AD can compromise one other via trusts).
  • Stale objects
    Stale objects represent everything about the AD objects and their life cycle: computer and user creation, delegation.
  • Security anomalies
    Everything that doesn’t fit into the previous categories. For example the security check processes.


The details of the rules triggered is shown with some indication and the number of points calculated (the total cannot be above 100).

When the button “solve it” is clicked, a short explanation of the rule is shown with some indication on how to solve the situation.

General information

The report contains the information about PingCastle (version, generation date, …) and about the domain checked.



The Detail zone shows general information about users, computers, trusts, group policies, …


Some information can be seen in detail by clicking on the associated link. It contains data to help identify the underlying objects.