How to enable Advanced Features in Active Directory

Written by Paul Hill on June 29, 2021

Paul Hill is the founder of and IT instructor to over 500,000 students online!

Active Directory includes an Advanced Features view that will allow you to access several items that are hidden by default. This tutorial will show you how you can enable the Advanced Features view within Active Directory Users and Computers.

Step 1. Start Server Manager

Click the Windows button and select Server Manager:

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Start Server Manager

Step 2. Start Active Directory

Inside of Server Manager select Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers:

Start Active Directory

Step 3. Enable Advanced Features

Click View > Advanced Features:

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Enable Advance Features for Active Directory

That’s it! Now if you notice there are several new containers that are visible within Active Directory:

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New containers with Advanced Features

Additionally if you open the properties an AD user account you will find many more tabs available as well:

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Advanced Features Enabled
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Without Advanced Features

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