AD Users and Computers search question

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Active Directory Users and Computers
Organizational Unit
OU
I’m the administrator for a small career school chain in charge of the student network. I’ve set up a domain with a DC at each campus, connected by our private WAN. I’ve created a tree of OUs in AD with one for each campus. In each campus is an OU for Faculty, an OU for Staff and an OU for Students. In each Students OU are several OUs, one for each program of study. When I do a search in Active Directory Users and Computers, I select the top level “Campuses” container, click the search button, make sure Users, Contacts and Groups is selected in the Find: box, type in the name I’m looking for and click search. Depending on the name I might get several hits in the results box below. Question: Is there a way to determine the OU path for an object in the search results box? I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find any reference as to how. I finally punted and in my new user creation script I added some code that puts some identifying text in the description field so I can tell from that.

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One thing I like to do is to add a right click menu choice in ADUC to show me the LDAP path to an object. I’ve written an FAQ on the subject and provide free code to do it. Enjoy.

http://www.tek-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=6614

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In the Active Directory Users and Computers applet click on View > Advanced Features.

When you open the properties of a user, you will now see a tab called Object. It contains the path with Active Directory to the object.

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If you define organizational information into the user object you can change the view results for searches to display user information such as organizational info, department, member of, etc. In search window perform a search, then select the view menu and choose columns. Select the columns you want to return for searches.

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