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How to export users from active directory 2003??

Posted on 2008-10-14
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Last Modified: 2008-10-14
I have about 1600 users and i need to get a copy of their usernames and full names from active directory.  how can i export a list like this??
Question by:amoos
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Expert Comment

ID: 22711734
CSVDE is what you are after for this, this is a good link to work with
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Expert Comment

ID: 22711755
Hello, you can use a command like the following one:

You can find more of the options that can be displayed by entering the command DSGET USER /?
There is a list of attributes like -UPN, -SAMID, -OFFICE etc.

Don't forget to replace the string DC=YOURDOMAIN,DC=COM with the real name of your domain.
Also if you want to get a textual output, you can redirect it to a text file like that:


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Expert Comment

ID: 22712894
1.You can install the Windows 2003 support tools (free download from Microsoft Website) and use DSQUERY USER  OU=Test,dc=TEST,dc=LOCAL  -O UPN

2.If you have powershell you can install the quest tools for free

Command would be
Get-QADGroup "Group Name" | %{$_.Members}

3.Check out here:


c:\>ldifde -d "BASE DN" -r "(objectClass=user)" -f export.ldf
c:\>ldifde -i -f inport.ldf

c:\>csvde -d "BASE DN" -r "(objectClass=user)" -f export.csv
c:\>csvde -i -f inport.csv
You can also use dsquery,dsget,dsadd,dsmod for scripting.
ref the help url for CSVDE

This will be a simple export
CSVDE -d "OU=Newport,DC=cp,dc=com" -f file.csv.
Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File

If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.


Author Comment

ID: 22715996
all-right it seems to work fine and is giving me the results that i am looking for but since i have 1600 users i need this information for it is giving me a limit error.  below is the error i am getting

Dsquery has reached the default limit of 100 results to display; use the -limit option to display more results

so i add at the end of the query -limit 2000 and then it gives me the error again.  how do i fix this???  awesome help
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Expert Comment

ID: 22716074
1.I think their a limitation on number of objects that you can query from the DC in a single go.This has been done purposefully keeping mind about the performance of the DC.Below article is somewhat similar to your situation.But I wouldn't recommend you to change the registry

but you can try this,
DSQUERY USER  OU=Test,dc=TEST,dc=LOCAL  -limit 2000 >C:\UsersCN.txt


Author Comment

ID: 22716085
also how would i write a query to get members in a particular OU??  awesome help
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Expert Comment

ID: 22716095
or try this,
DSQUERY USER  OU=Test,dc=TEST,dc=LOCAL  -limit 0 >C:\UsersCN.txt

You have to use the limit option with 0 (zero):

-limit <NumObjects>         Specifies the number of objects matching the
                            given criteria to be returned, where <NumObjects>
                            is the number of objects to be returned.
                            If the value of <NumObjects> is 0, all
                            matching objects are returned. If this parameter
                            is not specified, by default the first
                            100 results are displayed.
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Expert Comment

ID: 22716121
You can probably user CSVDE command,
 For example, suppose you only wish to export one OU and not the whole Active Directory domain.  

Command: CSVDE -d "OU=ou name,DC=cp,dc=com" -f Newport.csv.
What the -d filter does is focus the export on one particular area.
If you try this filter, make sure you substitute your OU for ou name and your domain for dc=cp.  Observe carefully the syntax with those speech marks and commas between the elements.  Avoid the trap of being so concerned with the -d switch that you forget the -f filename.csv.

Ref the below links for more options,


Author Comment

ID: 22716166
awesome.  i used the query DSQUERY USER  OU=Test,dc=TEST,dc=LOCAL  -limit 0 >C:\UsersCN.txt  and it worked fine but the results that were displayed were in the format of cn=username,ou=ou name,dc=etc...  how do i get it to display the same results as if i used the dsget user command??
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Expert Comment

ID: 22716262
press Ctrl-a and copy all the contents from the text file and paste in a excel file....there you can edit the required information (if you are good in excel)

Author Comment

ID: 22716405
awesome it all works.  now the last question is when i run these queries do any of the queries delete or mess up anything in active directory??  meaning if i run these queries on the live DC is it going to delete my AD??
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Accepted Solution

sk_raja_raja earned 2000 total points
ID: 22716655
No not at all.....all these queries are safe ro run, but please make sure you understand the query syntax and its switches and then executed any commands against AD...its a good practice to follow

Author Comment

ID: 22716755
awesome thank you so much for your help

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