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Posted on 2008-10-24
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Hello,
 I'm trying to construct a statement to query Active Directory. Currently, my query returns all active user's information and outputs it as a CSV. What I want to do is also get contacts out of AD in the same query (if possible). As a test, I just tried changing the objectclass to "contact" (which I believe is the right class) but it returned nothing. My current statement is as follows:

adfind -default -bit -f "&(objectcategory=person)(objectclass=user)(useraccountcontrol=*)(!(useraccountcontrol:AND:=2))" displayname givenname sn initials title department physicalDeliveryOfficeName company manager telephoneNumber mobile facsimileTelephoneNumber homephone pager ipphone mail wWWHomePage streetAddress postOfficeBox l st co postalCode -list -nodn -csv . >exports.csv

Any and all help is appreciated!

Thank you,
 - Jeff Miller

EDIT:
 I should have mentioned that I am using joeware's freeware tool "ADFind.exe". It's at http://www.joeware.net/freetools/tools/adfind/index.htm.
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by:Chris Dent
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Hey Jeff :)

You're absolutely right about the objectClass, but Contacts don't have userAccountControl so &(userAccountControl=*) will be filtering them out. That doesn't really leave much in the filter as you only have the objectClass test :)

HTH

Chris
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I -think- the query you want will look like this:

(|(&(objectcategory=person)(objectclass=user)(useraccountcontrol=*)(!(useraccountcontrol:AND:=2)))(&(objectcategory=person)(objectclass=contact)))

In English, "Give me all objects that are either [1] user objects whose userAccountControl is configured but not with bit 2 set, or [2] contact objects."

It's a really computationally expensive query if your environment is of any signifigant size, to the point where you might just be better off running 2 separate queries and concatenating the results once you've retrieved them.
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by:Francoisbouchard
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Thanks very much! The query works perfectly and is actually quite fast. I'm pulling about 360 entries with this with no problem. I will definitely keep the separate query in mind for when our network becomes bigger. Thanks again!
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