How do I search a text file with employee numbers and do a 'For' 'Do' loop using dsquery to search AD using the contents of the text file.

Posted on 2008-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

How do I search a text file with employee numbers and do a 'For' 'Do' loop using dsquery to search AD using the contents of the text file.

Myfile.txt will contain several hundred employee ids.
Use DSQUERY to look up AD and return certain attributes depending what is being asked. Trying to use the 'For' 'Do' lookup as in the following command.

for /f %%a in (myfile.txt) do dsquery * -filter "((&(objectCategory=Person)(objectClass=User)(employeeid goes here)))" -attr cn mail homemdb proxyaddresses -L

Obviously this does not work as it cannot search myfile.txt and replace (employeeid goes here) with the recently searched value.

This is how the command would look if I searched for an individual employee id.

dsquery * -filter "((&(objectCategory=Person)(objectClass=User)(employeeID=00091194)))" -attr cn mail homemdb proxyaddresses -L

Not looking for any VB script, just dsquery and the loop statement.

Question by:Neiphin
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Expert Comment

ID: 22742164
VBscript would be way easier...  Expand your mind.  :-)

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perhaps, but my knowledge of VB is less than my knowledge of DOS.... :-)))
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Expert Comment

ID: 22742340
Understood, but we all need to start somewhere.  If I'm looking at that correctly, you will provide a text file of employeeID's, one per line, and you want a corresponding text file to contain the email addresses that correspond to that employeeID?  Anything else?
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AmazingTech earned 125 total points
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You mean this?
for /f %%a in (myfile.txt) do dsquery * -filter "((&(objectCategory=Person)(objectClass=User)(employeeid=%%a)))" -attr cn mail homemdb proxyaddresses -L

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Author Comment

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Way to go AmazingTech. Works like a dream and so simple.

Many thanks

Thanks also to exx1976 for the encouragement to go towards VB.... :-)


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