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    2.1.3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2

    [00:03] Now, we are…

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    [00:10] You can find objects like users, computers, contacts, groups,… in the domain/forest/OU/other containers with "Find Users, Contacts, and Groups" utility

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    [00:19] You have to specify Name or Description at least about the expected object(s).

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    In the previous example, you are finding object(s) which you knew name/description.

    However, you're not known where a user has EmployID "SNP" or has Email "[email protected]" live in.

    To accomplish this, now, you are finding object(s) with advanced finding technique.

    This is the Search results.

    You must specify the type of object(s), if not, the result objects(s) will have the wrong type.

    Example: you are finding a computer name "DMT ", but currently, the type of finding the object(s) is Users/Contacts/Groups so the result is the unexpected object(s) will be shown.

    To rename an object, an user account, for example:

    Right-click the user account that you want to rename, and then click Rename.

    Type the new full name for the user account, and then press ENTER.

    The Rename User dialog box appears.

    The name that you type is the full name.

    You may edit the name, if necessary.

    Type user

    quote s first name, last name and display name in the First name, Last name, Display name, respectively.

    Let's start with this example: finding any users whose First Name(s) start with "S

    [1:36] "Active Directory holds many different kind of objects details. it contains info about users, groups, computers, organization units,resources etc. so there are occasions where we need to find specific objects with in the AD" – rebeladmin.com

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    http://www.rebeladmin.com/2014/07/how-to-find-objects-in-ad-part-1/

    [00:54] *" in this context represents a regular expression.

    "S*" means the first character is S and follow any 1 or 2 or 0 character(s) is okay.

    To learn more about Regular Expression, I just made a note about it, at http://bit.ly/Regular-Expressions.

    Searching has 2 types: Find and Query.

    While Find only shown the result(s) at the time the searching command is executed, Query does searching by executing the command(s) then store the return result(s) in this query, thus you can review results later.

    The main purpose of searching with the query is that you can "grouping" object(s) which has common "attributes" (search criteria).

    [2:08] This console similar to the Advanced Find feature in the previous example.

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    You must explore terms: regular expressions

    http://bit.ly/Regular-Expressions

    object attributes, other terms similar to AD objects and terms servicing for defining a query such as: "Starts with", "Ends with", "Is", "Is not",…

    You must specify Name, location "Query root", and Query Define for New Query.

    [2:25] Example, we are finding a Computer has exactly name is "DMT

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    [2:37] "Select container

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    Click the browse button to select a container to search in. I always select Entire Directory when searching for objects. I find this much faster than trying to narrow it down to a specific container. This works in small to medium size environments however, if you have a large Active Directory environment you will want to narrow your search" – activedirectorypro.com

    https://activedirectorypro.com/find-objects-in-active-directory-part-1/

    In this demonstration, the "grouping" ability of the Query will be failed because of, we are finding a computer with the exact name while the computer name is recommended not be overlapped in an environment (least in one domain).

    [3:18] Now we are defining a query that finds all users in this "SnoOpy.com " domain with a simple expression: "Name has a value".

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    Everyone needs an idol and…

    Every user has a name 🙂

    [3:39] "Although PowerShell and Microsoft's Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) console can help with finding accounts in AD, both tools are neither user-friendly nor flexible. Enter ManageEngine's AD management solution, ADManager Plus. With a built-in AD search engine, ADManager Plus is more powerful, flexible, and practical than the basic search functionality offered in native AD consoles" – manageengine.com

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    https://www.manageengine.com/products/ad-manager/active-directory-objects-search-tool.html

    [3:55] You can add more Properties "columns" to have granular details about objects like: Firstname and Lastname which are hidden by default.

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    With this query, we can list all users in this "SnoOpy.com " domain.

    One more example: we are querying objects (user accounts), which have non-expire password.

    In the previous part "Creating user account", you observed that administrators can specify when a user account being created, its password will be expired or not by check on security option bellow the password field.

    [4:32] "The task of finding a user or group name in Active Directory using wildcard, regular expression or pattern is not as evident as it seems. The matter is that by default the standard ADUC (AD Users and Computers) console doesn’t allow use of wildcards in the beginning or in the middle of a search phrase" – woshub.com

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    http://woshub.com/searching-ad-groups-users-using-wildcards/

    [4:43] Query's definition can be exported as an XML file for further reuse by importing to this server or on other servers for "querying" objects.

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    Exporting Query

    [5:00] Importing Query

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    [5:26] "When you perform a search for objects such as Users, Computers, Contacts, and Groups in the Active Directory using the Find command, an administrator may need to identify where the objects are located within the Active Directory structure" – spiceworks.com

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/2936-determining-container-of-objects-found-by-searching-in-active-directory-users-and-computers

    [5:31] "A nice feature in Windows Server Active Directory is the ability for an administrator to create saved queries in Active Directory USers % Computers to return common information within the Directory. The queries you can create through the GUI are pretty basic so to get the real benefit you need to create a "Custom Search", click the Advanced tab and enter an LDAP query. The only problem is… you have to enter an LDAP query" – microsoft.com

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/muaddib/2011/10/24/how-to-create-custom-active-directory-ldap-searches/

    [5:37] "Using Saved Queries, you will be able to quickly see which users are locked out, who’s password has expired and who needs to change their passwords at next login. This article is for IT System Administrators tasked with managing Active Directory Domains" – jcutrer.com

    2 1 3 Find domain objects in Active Directory ADUC AD DS Windows Server 2012 R2 | IADDSWSE - Implementing AD Domain Services on a Windows Server Environment

    https://jcutrer.com/windows/saved-queries-ad-administration

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