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How do i write an LDAP query to list groups in an OU

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I'm Trying to write an LDAP query in AD users and computers to return a list of groups in an OU.

I have
(objectCategory=group)(OU=WKS,OU=Bacup,OU=Pennine,OU=BBGE,DC=engineering,DC=bb,dc=wan)

But this returns an error

"The query filter "(&(objectCategory=group)(OU=WKS,OU=Bacup,OU=Pennine,OU=BBGE,DC=engineering,DC=bb,dc=wan))" is not a valid query string

Any help would be appreciated

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by:Farhan Kazi
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1. Right click the Saved Queries folder and select New, Query.
2. Enter an appropriate Name and Description.
3. Make sure the query root is set to the domain level you want the query to pertain to.
   - In this case browse to WKS -> Bacup -> Pennine -> BBGE
4. Select the Include subcontainers check box if you want the query to search all subcontainers.
5. Click Define Query.
6. In the Find dialog box, click the Find drop-down arrow and select Custom Search.
7. On the Advanced tab, enter your LDAP query string into the Enter LDAP query box.
   - In this case (objectcategory=group)(samaccountname=*)
8. Click OK twice.

Hope this helps!
Farhan

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by:Darren_Clifford
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That works , however I want to include the OU string in the query to get to the exact ou. How can i do this?

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by:Farhan Kazi
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I don't think it is possible (at least not in my knowledge).
Will it be ok if you query from command line?
Like:

DSQuery * "OU=WKS,OU=Bacup,OU=Pennine,OU=BBGE,DC=engineering,DC=bb,dc=wan" -Filter "(&(objectClass=group))" -Limit 0
 
OR
 
DSQuery * "OU=WKS,OU=Bacup,OU=Pennine,OU=BBGE,DC=engineering,DC=bb,dc=wan" -Filter "(&(objectClass=group))" -Attr Name -Limit 0

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by:Darren_Clifford
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What this is for is a third part application that needs to query AD . The application queries using LDAP. Hence I wanted to test the LDAP query in windows first
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LauraEHunterMVP earned 1500 total points
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The OU doesn't belong in the query string. It is the -base- for the query.  What you are effectively saying is:

Search beginning at -base X- (the OU) for stuff that meets the criteria of -query string Y- (objectclass=blah, or whatever).

If you really, really, for whatever reason, insist on using the query string to do this, you'll have to do something like "(&(objectclass=group)(dn=*ou=blah,dc=blah,dc=blah"))". However, I strongly (and I mean S. T. R. O. N. G. L. Y.) advise against that, as it creates a medial search query which is dreadfully inefficient at scale.
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