View active directory objects.
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.
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
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