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Unable to find all members in Active Directory groups

Posted on 2010-08-18
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I am writing a VB.Net application that lists all the groups (190+) and their corresponding members from our OU and its subOUs.  However, after trying VB.Net DirectorySearcher and an additional 4-6 different vbscripts I am incurring the same problem.  I have a group (sqlServer) that is showng to be empty, even though it has a user acount (userSQL) if I check it manually.  The subOU that holds sqlServer has another two groups, sqlAgent and sqlText, that both have userSQL as their only member and the scripts list userSQL.  I do not understand why userSQL is listed for the first 2 groups and not the third.  I have manually checked 30+ groups and this is the only anomaly so far.  I didn't post any code since it is happening with 6 different scripts.  Thanks.

P.S. I woud prefer to not remove/insert the user because of that group's function.
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Chris Dent earned 500 total points
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Hello,

The simplest explanation would be that userSQL's Primary Group is set to sqlServer. The Primary Group isn't part of the memberOf / member combination and is instead matched by the primaryGroupID and primaryGroupToken attributes.

It should be pretty easy to see in the user properties.

HTH

Chris
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by:Shabarinath Ramadasan
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What is the scope of the group? Global or Domain Local or Universal?

Also, try this powershell and see the result.

Get-QADGroupMember -Identity "groupname"

To give more suggestion, please share the ldap filter you are using inside the code.

Good Luck
Shaba
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Chris,

You are correct that sqlServer is userSQL's primary group.  I'm going to look into this more.  Thanks
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