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Mastering Active Directory, Third Edition - Third Edition

You're reading from  Mastering Active Directory, Third Edition - Third Edition

Product type Book
Published in Nov 2021
Publisher Packt
ISBN-13 9781801070393
Pages 780 pages
Edition 3rd Edition
Author (1):
Dishan Francis Dishan Francis
Profile icon Dishan Francis

Table of Contents (22) Chapters

Preface 1. Active Directory Fundamentals 2. Active Directory Domain Services 2022 3. Designing an Active Directory Infrastructure 4. Active Directory Domain Name System 5. Placing Operations Master Roles 6. Migrating to Active Directory 2022 7. Managing Active Directory Objects 8. Managing Users, Groups, and Devices 9. Designing the OU Structure 10. Managing Group Policies 11. Active Directory Services – Part 01 12. Active Directory Services – Part 02 13. Active Directory Certificate Services 14. Active Directory Federation Services 15. Active Directory Rights Management Services 16. Active Directory Security Best Practices 17. Advanced AD Management with PowerShell 18. Hybrid Identity 19. Active Directory Audit and Monitoring 20. Other Books You May Enjoy
21. Index

Finding objects in AD

The AD NTDS database can store more than two billion objects. So how easily can we locate a specific AD object? The most common way to locate an object in AD is to use ADAC or ADUC and browse through the containers. As the number of objects increases, so does the difficulty of locating objects in AD. In this section, we are going to look at more efficient ways of locating objects in an AD environment.

ADAC has enhanced query and filter capabilities. Since it's used via a GUI, it helps us to retrieve results faster compared to PowerShell.

In its management list, there is a filter box in the top section (once you've clicked on the domain name in the navigation pane). It doesn't change the view as you navigate through the containers. It helps you to filter the data displayed in the management list quickly. However, it doesn't search for objects at multiple levels (in different child containers):

Figure 7.22: Searching for AD...

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