Backing Up MMC Settings

One of the things I hate about switching computers is losing all my customized MMC settings especially the Saved Queries configured in Active Directory Users & Computers (ADUCs).  A few days ago I switched cubes at my customer site and proceeded to reconfigure my new system.  When I opened ADUCs for the first time and…

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How to Create Custom Active Directory LDAP Searches

A nice feature in Windows Server Active Directory is the ability for an administrator to create saved queries in Active Directory USers % Computers to return common information within the Directory.  The queries you can create through the GUI are pretty basic so to get the real benefit you need to create a “Custom Search”, click the…

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How to Query Individual Properties of the "userAccountControl" Active Directory User property using LDAP

I was working with a customer this week who was asking me how to query Active Directory for valid, active users accounts that were not service accounts.  I made a couple of assumptions; an active account would not be disabled and only service accounts would be set to PASSWORD NEVER EXPIRES.   Initially I tried to query the…

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