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Active Directory Trusts

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Searching for Objects in Active Directory


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In this lesson you will learn how to search for objects within Active Directory.

Step 1. Open Server Manager

Open Server Manager by clicking the Windows button and clicking Server Manager or by searching for Server Manager.

Step 2. Start Active Directory

In server manager, click Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers:

Step 3. Click the Find Objects button

Inside of Active Directory, click the Find objects in Active Directory Domain Services button at the top of the toolbar:

Step 4. Search Active Directory

Next you need to choose what you are searching for and where to look:

The find drop down lets you choose between the type of Object you are looking for. In our case, we are going to search for a user account, so we will leave it at the default option:

The in drop down will let you change the OU or domain you are searching for. You can also click Browse to select a specific OU.

Type in the name of the user you want to find and click Find Now. I am searching for Paul Hill (my user account in my lab environment):

Step 5. Use Wild Cards 

You can also use the * character as a wildcard to find any user account that start with the letter p:

This is incredibly useful when you are unsure of the spelling of a user's name.

Step 6. Use an advanced search

If you click the Advanced tab you can search by object attributes:

You can click the field to add a new attribute to search by, like the city, country, division, department etc. This can also be useful for finding all the users with one common attribute.

Once you found your desired user, you can double click the user and browse to the Object tab to see the exact path of the user so you will know what OU the account is located in:

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Yitzchok Rooz(@yitzchokr)
9 months ago

I can’t see the Video for this lesson?

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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9 months ago

Hi profile avatar Yitzchok Rooz

We are sorry for this. The issue was identified and resolved, and the videos are working again for this and all the other lessons.


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3 months ago

When did you add the workstation computer to the domain?

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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3 months ago

Hi profile avatar Chris Jones

It was manually created for the filtering example in this lesson.

You can check the following lesson that explains how to install and add a Windows 10 to a domain: