Friday, 23 September 2016

How to easily view/find the distinguished name for an Active Directory user account

The distinguished name for a user account is often required for scripting or other management/administrative tasks when working with Active Directory. It represents the unique identifier for every user account so is one of the best ways to work with user accounts (as opposed to just working off first name, last name etc).

They are difficult to remember, and nearly impossible to type using the correct format/syntax - so here's some simple instructions on how to quickly/easily obtain the distinguished name for a user account from Active Directory Users & Computers;

  1. Open Active Directory Users & Computers
  2. Ensure "Advanced Features" are enabled (go to View > Advanced Features)
  3. Open the Active Directroy User object you wish to view the DN for
  4. Select the Attribute Editor tab
  5. Scroll down to the locate the Distinguished Name value
  6. You can double click the entry then copy it to the clipboard from the "Value" field as per the screenshot below

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