Searching for Objects in Active Directory

Sign up to access this lesson

Click here to sign up and get access to this lesson!

Saving Progress...

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:

Sign up to access the rest of this lesson

You must either log in or sign up to access this lesson.

Saving Progress...

5 2 votes
Lesson Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Active Directory & Identity with Windows Server

0%

0/1 Lessons

Course Introduction

• 2min

0 / 1 lessons complete

Getting Started with Active Directory Domain Services

• 52min

0 / 6 lessons complete

Introduction to Active Directory Users & Computers

• 1hr 24min

0 / 10 lessons complete

Adding a Second Domain Controller

• 1hr 31min

0 / 7 lessons complete

Active Directory Backups

• 1hr 24min

0 / 5 lessons complete

How to Administrate Active Directory with Windows PowerShell

• 1hr 58min

0 / 7 lessons complete

Administrating AD SS (Active Directory Sites and Services)

• 1hr 3min

0 / 5 lessons complete

Active Directory Trusts

• 54min

0 / 5 lessons complete

Modifying the Active Directory Schema

• 43min

0 / 3 lessons complete

Course Conclusion

• 2min

0 / 1 lessons complete