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Active Directory search

Searching for user accounts, groups, computers, and contacts in Active Directory (AD) is an activity that can't be avoided. As all Windows administrators would agree, the top search in AD is locating accounts that need to be managed. Whether they're resetting passwords, unlocking locked-out accounts, modifying users or contacts' group membership, or enabling or disabling accounts, admins often need to track down accounts to complete routine management tasks.

Although PowerShell and Microsoft's Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) console can help with finding accounts in AD, both tools are neither user-friendly nor flexible. Enter ManageEngine's AD management solution, ADManager Plus. With a built-in AD search engine, ADManager Plus is more powerful, flexible, and practical than the basic search functionality offered in native AD consoles.

Active Directory search with ADManager Plus

ADManager Plus is a web-based Active Directory, Office 365, and Exchange management and reporting solution. It offers the following AD search capabilities which make it easy to not just locate the desired objects, but also manage them right from the search results.

  • Employee search: Find information about any colleague, including their email address, contact number, or seating location, through ADManager Plus' secure AD search.
    • Search for both user accounts and contact objects.
    • Specify the fields or attributes (name, email address, contact number, etc.) that you'd like to see in the search results.
    • Restrict the search range to only specific domains or OUs.
  • Advanced AD search: Locate any user account, group, or computer object present in your AD and modify their attributes right from the search results. Zero in on the desired object using common and easy-to-remember fields or attributes, such as common name, display name, email alias, and description.

    This advanced search also offers the flexibility to limit the search scope to only users, groups, or computers, restrict the search range to specific domains or organizational units (OU), and also use any condition such as "contains", "starts with", "ends with", etc. to locate the desired objects.

  • On-the-fly AD search: Locate users, groups, computers, contacts, and OUs on-the-fly while performing an AD management action. For example, just launch the Reset User Password feature in ADManager Plus, use the feature's search option to locate a user account, and reset the user's password from the search results.

    With the native tool's search, you have to execute the search to get the location of the relevant account, then navigate to that location, find the object, and perform the required management action on it. Avoid all that hassle with ADManager Plus' on-the-fly AD search option, which is built into all ADManager Plus' management features to make managing AD accounts simpler and faster.

  • Condensed AD search: Locate any account or object in AD based on the operation that you wish to perform. Use the search and management options built into reports to locate relevant users and perform the action of your choice right from the report. For example, instead of rummaging through all the users in your AD to find a user account that you want to unlock, you can search for the necessary account among only the locked out user accounts in the specific domain or OU of your AD. To do this, just run the Locked out users report, which is one of over 150 prepackaged reports in ADManager Plus.

ADManager Plus' multiple search options make searching AD effortless, but also efficient enough to make managing your AD accounts easy.

ADManager Plus is a web-based Windows AD, Office 365, Skype for Business, G Suite, and Exchange management and reporting solution that helps you accomplish day-to-day activities instantly. With an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, it simplifies a variety of complex tasks and also includes more than 150 AD, Office 365, and Exchange reports, some of which are essential to satisfying compliance audits. It offers an approval-based workflow to scrutinize AD tasks, and automate critical routines such as AD cleanup. ADManager Plus is also available as iOS and Android apps to facilitate on-the-go management and reporting on AD users and computers.

ADManager Plus is a web-based solution for all your AD, Exchange, Skype for Business, G Suite, and Office 365 management needs. It simplifies several routine tasks such as provisioning users, cleaning up dormant accounts, managing NTFS and share permissions, and more. ADManager Plus also offers more than 150 pre-packaged reports, including reports on inactive or locked-out AD user accounts, Office 365 licenses, and users' last logon times. Perform management actions right from reports. Build a custom workflow structure that will assist you in ticketing and compliance, automate routine AD tasks such as user provisioning and de-provisioning, and more. Download a free trial today to explore all these features.

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