Fixing a Broken Connection to Active Directory

Active Directory

Active Directory (AD) is the name of Microsoft’s proprietary directory service. It is used in corporate environments and utilizes a Windows Server operating system. Active Directory enables network administrators to manage the permissions of users and their access to network resources. The client computers used in an AD environment will normally be running a version … Read more

How to Restore Active Directory Object

ADRestore

Have you ever been in a postition where someone has deleted something that they shouldn’t have done in Active Directory and you desperately need to restore it? Well you can go through your backups and look at restoring that way, but there is a much simplier way to restore any Active Directory object. ADRestore Tool … Read more

Get OU Distinguished Name

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There are many reasons as to why you would need to identify an Active Directory Organisational Unit’s Distinguished Name.

Most techies out there will use an AD distinguished name when writing or using PowerShell scripts.

However, quickly finding what the Distinguished name of a particular OU is not immediately clear. You can click on the object tab for information, but not the distinguished name.

Using PowerShell to get the Distinguished Name

The simple solution on how to quickly find an OU’s distinguished name is to use PowerShell itself.

The information you will need first is:

  • OU Name
  • AD Integration for PowerShell

That’s it – once you have this, you can go ahead and run the below PowerShell script:

Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter 'Name -like "*"' | Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName -A

The only part you need to change in this PowerShell script is the * wildcard. If you leave it as a wildcard, it will bring back the distinguished name for all of your OU’s.

To bring back just one particular OU distinguished name, then change this * wildcard to the name of your OU.

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Powershell – Export all Active Directory User Information to CSV

powershell

If you need to export all Active Directory user information to CSV, then you can use a simple Powershell script to carry this out. First Import the Active Directory module: Then get the user information from Active Directory. For the example below we are just going to grab all information, hence the * wildcard, but … Read more