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AD Read only admin account in windows 2003 server

I run a Windows 2003 server network with Windows 7 workstations for small organization within a larger organization. We run our own forest/domain and servers for a business reason.

In moving to an enterprise remote access and MDM solution, the project managers working on this project wants me to create and provide them an AD admin account that is read only so that they can use this account to read my AD.

How do you create a readonly AD admin account?
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Domains users by default have a read access to Active directory objects. So there is no need to creating a any group to accomplsih this.

Probably you need to install RSAT Tool on users system (I am assuming users are using windows vista or higher OS on their client system)

Download the RSAT Tool from below link and install it on the client sytems.


Refer below link to understand this better.


Above link explains step by step procedure to install the RSAT Tool.( Window vista, windows 2008 Etc)

For Legacy operting systems (XP, windows server 2003) you need to use adminpak.msi.

TechGoingSoloAuthor Commented:
This is what the project engineer emailed me asking for information.

"Also provide the admin DN (a read only account and password so that RSA can read your AD) and search DNs for users and groups"

So I can just create and send him a standard user account information?
yep, I would test it out to ensure that you can access it.
Sounds like they want to use their own ldap tools instead of active directory.. which is understandable

you need to find the 'path' of the account you created and provide it with LDAP syntax for the username DN:

search base (probably what he meant instead of search DNs):

This is usually:

CN=Users,DC=example,DC=com  If the users they need to search are located under the Users container

OU=Groups,DC=example,DC=com If the groups they need to search are located under the Groups OU

the username DN would be: CN=userexample,OU=examplechildou,OU=exampleparentou,DC=example,DC=com

Assuming that you created 'userexample' under a OU named 'examplechildou', which is a child of OU named 'exampleparentou', which is then directly under your domain: DC=example,DC=com
A Read Only Domain Admin is a contradiction in terms. A normal
authenticated user has the ability to read most things in a domain if they
have the right tools.

There is no Read only domain administrator account in AD. Members of Domain administrator account will be having more powerful permissions in your Domain. So it is bad practice to add lot of user accounts to domain admin groups.
By default all domain users will be having read access to Active directory. They can check the user account/computers accounts/GPO etc in your AD.

Just look at this link and look if it suits your need feasible..



Else you can use a third party tool for the same to make your work and your vendor work easier.

I f you want i can suggest you.
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