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Search for string in AD database


I am looking for a way to locate a specific string in my whole Active Directory structure (2008 domain).

I know of Sysinternal AD Explorer but I don't see how I can do a "cross attribute" search.

Any idea / suggestion welcome !
Active DirectoryWindows Server 2008Microsoft Server OSServer Software

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Ernie Beek

8/22/2022 - Mon
David Johnson, CD

AD is a database with table names and values. So you have something you wish to search for, which is a value. Are you saying that you wish to check all properties for a value? or are you wanting to search for a property?
Alexandre Takacs

I am indeed looking for any property having my search string in it.

I have _somewhere_ hiding in my DB a bogus value that is causing some weird behavior - from network traces I can see what the value is (and to a certain extent understand it's presence from some work performed eons ago in the domain) but for the life of me I can't seem to locate where it is stored, having obviously checked all usual and not so usual locations.
Ernie Beek

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Alexandre Takacs

Excellent - seems to be returning useful information.

That being said I am indeed wondering if this is comprehensive... Any idea how to validate ?
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Alexandre Takacs

Amazing ! That's really cool stuff and definitely helped me pin down the issue at had !
Ernie Beek

Glad I could help :)