Where can I get information on learing more about Active Direcotry LDAP information & values?

Where can I get information on learing more about Active Direcotry LDAP information & values?

The website http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/LDAP_attributes_active_directory.htm gives a good explanation on how to look up some of these different Active Directory values and attributes.

However, I need to get a more through explanation on how to do this.

I also need to know what kind of utilities (from Microsoft or third party developers) that can quickly query Active Directory and display this information for me.

I need to be able to quickly determine values such as the DN, SN, objectCategory, objectClass, BaseDN, UserDN for particular Active Directory user accounts.

Please respond with the URL's of websites that explain, give training, or have utilities to determine these values.

Also, please post what types of IT training software trains IT people on how to determine these different values.
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dee_nzCommented:
Hi,
Have a look at this article about LDAP Namespace Structure
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=101405&seqNum=7
And, you can use Apache Directory Studio to browse your Active Directory LDAP structure
http://directory.apache.org/studio
Regards
-D
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yelbaglfCommented:
I use ADSI Edit to view this information.  Here's the technet article on it, and below that is a good tutorial on how to use it.

TechNet ADSI Edit
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773354(WS.10).aspx

ADSI Edit Tutorial
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/utilities/adsi_edit.htm

Another great tool is AdExplorer.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963907.aspx
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Felix LevenSenior System and DatabaseadministratorCommented:
A good way to learn about ldap (the AD database) is to try to get different information from active directory with  powershell. After playing around for a while, you will understand more and more where to find what object. I used ADSI edit and other tools for a long time, but scripting with powershell (.net, vbcript) gave me a much deeper knowledge of AD.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/benp/archive/2007/03/26/searching-the-active-directory-with-powershell.aspx
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Does anyone else know of any good books that teach people how to do this?
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Felix LevenSenior System and DatabaseadministratorCommented:
First:
Active Directory, 4th Edition gives you an excelent look into ActiveDirectory on all aspects of this topic:
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520601/

Second:
Best book in my opinion is the Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition, it shows you how daily administrative tasks (many LDAP/AD stuff) can be done in different programming/scripting languages:
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521110/

Every Windowsadmin should give those two a try, really good.


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