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Hyena v12.2 Has Been Released

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Kevin Stanush
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Hyena v12.2 is now available for downloading and is available in English, French, German and Spanish versions.

Hyena v12.2 Released

Hyena v12.2 has been released, and is now available in both x86 and x64 versions in English, French, German, and Spanish. Hyena v12.2 can be downloaded from:


New features in Hyena v12.2 include:

Enhanced Servers View

In previous versions of Hyena, the 'Servers' listing for Active Directory domains has always relied upon using the Windows browse list. Hyena v12.2 introduces a new feature to retrieve servers from multiple Active Directory containers or organizational units, including options to search sub-containers and configure the attributes to display. 
Other Changes

  • Fixed problem with being unable to modify Integer (I4) value in the Active Editor that didn't have a previously set value.
  • Added error check to Active Task to require new users to have a password specified.
  • Inserted escape character into RDN in Active Task if it contained a comma character.
  • Removed 'Send Message' computer menu option, due to Microsoft removing the Messenger service from Windows. This option can be re-enabled through an advanced setting "DisableSendMessageMenu" available under Tools > Settings > Advanced.
  • Enabled RAS information to be retrieved (and updated) by the "UpdateRasThruAdAttributes" advanced setting (Tools > Settings > Advanced)
  • Modified Ping behavior (Tools > Settings > View, Ping Options) to show TTL expiration or other messages when the ping returned with an error code.
  • Exporter Pro - Added new object export count to the progress message for Active Directory exports.
For a complete list of changes in Hyena v12.2, see the Hyena New Features page.


Changing the DN display format

Many Active Directory attributes, such as the 'Manager' attribute, use a distinguished name format, such as:
When displaying these directory attributes, Hyena displays them by default using the actual information in the directory, that is, the DN string.

Starting with Hyena v12.0, you can enable an advanced setting (Tools > Settings > Advanced) 'DnDisplayFormat' and set it to one of the following values:

1 - CN (name) only
2 - Canonical Name format
3 - CN (name) only with escape characters (' \ ') removed

Setting the 'DnDisplayFormat' to a '1' for example, will display just 'JaneDoe' for the 'Manager' in the above example.

Modifying AD Queries Video

For users unfamiliar with how to customize Hyena's Active Directory queries, see this new video:
This is a must-have skill for anyone using Hyena extensively to manage Active Directory.

Using Special Symbols in AD Queries

Any Active Directory view can be customized in Hyena by modifying the directory attributes that are displayed, including the order and default sort sequence. Besides choosing any directory attribute from pre-selected categories, you can also choose from several pre-defined symbols or manually enter a directory attribute.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with modifying Hyena AD queries, watch the video in the previous tip above.

Pre-Defined Symbols

To select a special calculated symbol, select 'Special AD Symbols' from the 'Attribute Category' list. These symbols are calculated at run-time by Hyena. 

For example, to display the AD container name for a directory object, add the %SYM_AD_CONTAINER_NODOMAIN% symbol to a directory query.

For more information on any symbol, along with performance considerations, see the help file section under Active Directory > Querying Active Directory > Changing Query Attributes.

Manual (Other) Attributes

To specify an attribute that you don't see in the normal listing (or can't find it), select 'Other (Specify Attribute)' from the 'Attribute Category' list. This will display a dialog where one or more attribute names can be manually entered. The names must be entered exactly, as Active Directory will not generate any errors when asked for fields which don't exist, just empty information will be returned. Some examples:

userCertificate - a multi-valued attribute that contains the DER-encoded X509v3 certificates issued to the user. Be aware that this attribute contains the public key certificates issued to this user by Microsoft Certificate Service.

msDs-UserPasswordExpiryTimeComputed - its a long name, but this special directory attribute will show the date/time that the user's password will expire, taking into account all policies and even fine-grained password settings.


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