View active directory objects.

Syntax DSGet Computer DSGet Contact DSGet Group DSGet OU DSGet Partition DSGet Quota DSGet Server DSGet Subnet DSGet User

DS* commands are available on networked machines with the server role A.D. Domain Services installed, Domain Controllers (or for XP users: XP Professional).

Special characters in distinguished names

Commas within a CN must be escaped with the backslash \ character

e.g. "CN=Company\, Inc.,CN=Users,DC=ss64,DC=com"

Backslashes must also be escaped with a backslash

for example, "CN=Sales\\ Latin America,OU=Distribution Lists,DC=ss64,DC=com"

If any value contains spaces, use quotation marks:

e.g. "CN=John Smith,CN=Users,DC=SS64,DC=com"


You can pipe results from DSQUERY into DSGet in order to view multiple objects. If the DN contains any commas or backslashes you will need to redirect to a file first and add the escape characters as above.

Special Tokens

The token $username$ (case insensitive) may be used to place the SAM account name.

Entering * as a password will cause DSMOD to prompt for the new password.

For any DS command you can enter multiple values separated by spaces.

e.g. to modify several user accounts at once just supply a list of the distinguished names separated with spaces.

“A good reputation is more valuable than money” - Publilius Syrus

Related commands:

DSAdd - Add object

DSMod - Modify object

DSGet - Display object

DSMove - Move object

DSQuery - Search for objects

DSRM - Delete object

CSVDE - Import or export AD info in CSV format.

LDIFDE - Edit AD Objects, extend schema, import or export AD information.

Q322684 - Directory Service Command-Line Tools

Equivalent bash commands (Linux): ldapmodify - Modify Lightweight Directory Access Protocol