Add Custom Attributes to Active Directory Users
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In this lecture you will learn how you can add custom attributes to your Active Directory user accounts. We are going to add an “extensionAttribute1” attribute to the user class of AD.
IMPORTANT: Once you add one attribute you will need to wait until your other Active Directory servers replicate before you can add another - so I recommend that you add all the attributes you want in one run before restarting the ADDS server role.
To get started, let’s open Command Prompt and run the following command:
Next find and launch MMC.msc:
Click File > Add/Remove Snapin:
Add the Active Directory Schema snap-in, click Add, then click OK.
Click Attributes, then right-click and select Create Attribute:
Acknowledge the Schema Object Creation alert by clicking Continue.
Type in the Common Name you want to use:
Next, we need to generate a unique code for Unique X500 Object ID. Thankfully we can run the following PowerShell script to generate the code:
Add the new Object ID to the Create New Attribute window:
Now click OK to create the attribute. Now we need to add the new attribute to the user class. Click the Classes folder:
Then scroll down to the User class. Right click then select Properties:
Click the Attributes tab, then select Add
Locate the new attribute you want to add and select OK:
Now you will see the new attribute in the list:
Click Apply, then OK.
Before these changes will take effect, you need to restart the Active Directory Domain Services service. Search for and launch the Services console:
Right click Active Directory Domain Services and select Restart:
You will also need to restart the dependent services as well:
Now we can confirm the changes in Active Directory. If the console was open while you created the new attributes you will need to close and reopen before attempting to view the new attributes. Once you open the console, make sure you enable Advanced Features by clicking View > Advanced Features:
Now navigate to a test user (don’t use the search feature), right click the user and select Properties. Click the Attribute Editor tab and locate the new attribute:
Now if we try to immediately go back to the Active Directory Schema console and try to add another attribute, we will get this error:
This means that we need to wait for replication to complete before we can add more attributes. You can force replication by running the repadmin /syncall /AdeP command, but even after running this command you will need to wait a bit for replication to successfully complete.
You can monitor the status of your AD replication by running the following command:
You can also view the data in PowerShell with the command below:
Get-ADUser -identity paul.hill -Properties serverAcademyThinkificID
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Why do I have DN value and String Value when I open up attribute editor in AD? I need it to just have value so I can type in the number. I can’t get passed this and I feel like I am doing it right. Help please
Hi Shari Morse
Change the Syntax value from Access Point to Unicode String when creating the new attribute.