finding user in AD

Posted on 2010-08-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
the AD has many directories and sub directories with literally 1000s of name.

if i know the account name of the user,is there a command to find out quickly which folder/directory that user is located under?

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 63 total points
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yes right click the domain level in AD users and Computers and select find, then type the user name or part of it etc
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Oh and if you enable the advanced view rom the menu it will give you the "Object" tab, so you can find which OU the object is in.

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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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type in command line

dsquery user -name "<username>"

or if you have his/her login

dsquery user -samid <login>

it will return distinguished name

cn=user name
ou= in which ou this account is located
dc= domain hwre this user resides
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by:Mike Kline
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Another really cool tool is adfind by Joe Richards

he has a great shortcut for users

adfind -sc u: dn

want a computer

adfind -sc c:

a get the idea

adfind -sc g:



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Right Click the domain and the "find" the user. The click choose colums from view menu and choose published at. this will show you the OU your user is in.

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On AD users and computers switch on view, Advanced
Then search for your user using find, once you see the name you can right click and choose name mappings then you'll see the OU path.
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by:Mike Kline
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If you want to do it via the GUI you can also make things easier by adding columns.  See this blog entry from Mark
So you’ve found the objects in your Active Directory, but where exactly are they?
...command line will impress your coworkers though :)

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very helpful. thanks.

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