Why is the Attribute tab missing?

I am trying to view attributes of an AD User Object. I have enabled advanced view and I can see additional tabs compared to when advanced view is not enabled but the Attribute tab does not show. What is causing this? is there some kind of security feature enabled?
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In order to display the attribute editor tab you have to enable the Advance Features in AD User and computers for further information see here
r_gibsonAuthor Commented:
The advanced Features is enabled but the attribute tab is not showing. Other Tabs like Dial-in display in advanced mode but not Attribute. See the screenshot.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
if the object you are looking at is the result of a search, the tab does not appear
not sure why, but i have never seen that tab on an object in the find window; only through navigating directly to the OU
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r_gibsonAuthor Commented:
I have directly navigated to the object, right clicked and selected Properties and I get the tabs as shown in the screenshot but not the attribute tab. I have tried on both DC and get the same - no attribute tab. I have turned off advanced features and tried to turn it back on but it makes no difference - still no attribute tab.
Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
What is the AD functional level/version?  And what sort of client o/s do you have?  You may need to just reinstall RSAT in case something removed the property sheet extension that this tab relies on.
r_gibsonAuthor Commented:
the DC are running server 2012R2 and the domain functional level is 2012R2. I use the ADUC on the DC themselves. I have also tried from out exchange server that has the ADUC tool installed and get the same results.
Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
The only thing that can cause this is that you are missing the registration information in the schema for the attribute editor.  You can check this by following this discussion:


Before attempting this fix, I would make a backup, as modification of this container can hose thing up.

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r_gibsonAuthor Commented:
That has fixed the issue. Thanks very much for your help.
Kevin StanushApplication DeveloperCommented:
Good fix.  Wierd that this happens though.  For an easier way to get AD attributes exported (in a GUI), consider taking Hyena for a test drive:


You can customize any AD query to get just the attributes you want, export it, and even manage the accounts without needing to use ADUC.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
PS: A way to get past the missing tab in a search is to
  1. Search for object
  2. In Member of tab open a group that object belongs in
  3. Close original dialog box
  4. In group dialog box, under "Members" double-click original object you searched for
You will then have Attributes tab
r_gibsonAuthor Commented:
Worked like a treat. Thanks
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