Active Directory Group Search with Wildcard

Posted on 2011-03-04
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am new to using the query abilities for Ad.  I want to search for a group in which I do not know the complete name.  I tried to search for *criteria* and %criteria%.  I also toyed with the advanced search without positive  results.  I would like to know where I would go to query for a group and what they syntax would be to do so using a partial group name.  A couple of links to some good resources would be nice as I am certain I will be expanding on this same query method in the near future.

Thanks for the help
Question by:Cystixs
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by:Mike Kline
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If you were looking for a good link, this is one I like   http://www.selfadsi.org/ldap-filter.htm

If you want to do this natively you can use ADUC


I can take a screen shot if that would be helpful.



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Well, I couldn't get the above to work (returned no results), but it did give me a foundation to find what would work.  Here is the search that I got to return the expected result.


It appears cn(common name) is the field I needed to search on.  This makes me wonder what the name field is or if it is a valid field for the 'group' object.
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by:Mike Kline
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That is odd, I just used name and samaccountname and it worked (see screenshots)

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That is odd because the examples/screenshot shows it does work.  I think you should pass some points along as it did help you.



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