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  1. #1
    Rondo Guest

    Extract members and groups from AD

    Hi all,

    I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big mess in
    this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the different
    distribution and security groups and their members. Is there a Microsoft tool
    or a 3rd part free application that I can use to extract all this information
    and sort it in a logical way?

    Thanks
    rondo

  2. #2
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS] Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    Hello Rondo,

    You can use scripts:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr....mspx?mfr=true

    or maybe ADExplorer will help you also:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb963907.aspx

    What kind of sorting do you mean?

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.
    ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
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    > Hi all,
    >
    > I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big
    > mess in this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the
    > different distribution and security groups and their members. Is there
    > a Microsoft tool or a 3rd part free application that I can use to
    > extract all this information and sort it in a logical way?
    >
    > Thanks
    > rondo




  3. #3
    Rondo Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    Hi Meinolf and thanks for the very fast reply. I'm sure the scripts can help
    me, but I'm not quite sure how to use them. I've tried the "List All the
    Members of a Group" script and modified it to reflect the location of the
    group I want to see, but I don't think I'm doing it right.

    What I would like ideally is to copy/paste the result into a spreadsheet and
    then be able to sort it as I like. What I need to compare is names of groups
    and the membership of different groups, as my company was merged with another
    company last year, and now there are a lot of groups that can probably be
    deleted and groups where memberships have to be modified.

    I hope this explains it better.

    Regards,
    rondo

    "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" wrote:

    > Hello Rondo,
    >
    > You can use scripts:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr....mspx?mfr=true
    >
    > or maybe ADExplorer will help you also:
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb963907.aspx
    >
    > What kind of sorting do you mean?
    >
    > Best regards
    >
    > Meinolf Weber
    > Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    > no rights.
    > ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    > ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
    >
    >
    > > Hi all,
    > >
    > > I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big
    > > mess in this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the
    > > different distribution and security groups and their members. Is there
    > > a Microsoft tool or a 3rd part free application that I can use to
    > > extract all this information and sort it in a logical way?
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > > rondo

    >
    >
    >


  4. #4
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS] Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    Hello Rondo,

    Have a look here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237677

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555634

    http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...VDE_LDIFDE.htm

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.
    ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm


    > Hi Meinolf and thanks for the very fast reply. I'm sure the scripts
    > can help me, but I'm not quite sure how to use them. I've tried the
    > "List All the Members of a Group" script and modified it to reflect
    > the location of the group I want to see, but I don't think I'm doing
    > it right.
    >
    > What I would like ideally is to copy/paste the result into a
    > spreadsheet and then be able to sort it as I like. What I need to
    > compare is names of groups and the membership of different groups, as
    > my company was merged with another company last year, and now there
    > are a lot of groups that can probably be deleted and groups where
    > memberships have to be modified.
    >
    > I hope this explains it better.
    >
    > Regards,
    > rondo
    > "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" wrote:
    >
    >> Hello Rondo,
    >>
    >> You can use scripts:
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...efault.mspx?mf
    >> r=true
    >> or maybe ADExplorer will help you also:
    >> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb963907.aspx
    >> What kind of sorting do you mean?
    >>
    >> Best regards
    >>
    >> Meinolf Weber
    >> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
    >> confers
    >> no rights.
    >> ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    >> ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
    >>> Hi all,
    >>>
    >>> I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big
    >>> mess in this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all
    >>> the different distribution and security groups and their members. Is
    >>> there a Microsoft tool or a 3rd part free application that I can use
    >>> to extract all this information and sort it in a logical way?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks
    >>> rondo




  5. #5
    Jorge Silva Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    Hi
    you can have a look at scriptcenter, or google for ldifde, csvde, ad
    scripting etc...

    --
    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services

    Please no e-mails, any questions should be posted in the NewsGroup
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    "Rondo" <ronnie.ziegler@gmail.com.nospam> wrote in message
    news:B93B6815-DF50-4F71-9D21-DE73603EA243@microsoft.com...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big mess
    > in
    > this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the different
    > distribution and security groups and their members. Is there a Microsoft
    > tool
    > or a 3rd part free application that I can use to extract all this
    > information
    > and sort it in a logical way?
    >
    > Thanks
    > rondo



  6. #6
    Paul Bergson Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    I would warn you to go very slowly. I don't know your situation but these
    groups are probably intertwined into file and folder permissions on NTFS.
    Tweak these incorrectly and you can easily start breaking apps, etc...

    You may alrady realize all this, but just wanted to make sure and give you a
    heads up.

    --
    Paul Bergson
    MVP - Directory Services
    MCTS, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, Security+, BS CSci
    2008, 2003, 2000 (Early Achiever), NT4

    http://www.pbbergs.com

    Please no e-mails, any questions should be posted in the NewsGroup This
    posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    "Rondo" <ronnie.ziegler@gmail.com.nospam> wrote in message
    news:B93B6815-DF50-4F71-9D21-DE73603EA243@microsoft.com...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big mess
    > in
    > this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the different
    > distribution and security groups and their members. Is there a Microsoft
    > tool
    > or a 3rd part free application that I can use to extract all this
    > information
    > and sort it in a logical way?
    >
    > Thanks
    > rondo



  7. #7
    Richard Mueller [MVP] Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    I have an example VBScript program that documents the membership of all
    groups in the domain linked here:

    http://www.rlmueller.net/Programs/DocumentGroups.txt

    --
    Richard Mueller
    MVP Directory Services
    Hilltop Lab - http://www.rlmueller.net
    --

    "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" <meiweb(nospam)@gmx.de> wrote in message
    news:ff16fb66124478cb3fa41f956f94@msnews.microsoft.com...
    > Hello Rondo,
    >
    > Have a look here:
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237677
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555634
    >
    > http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...VDE_LDIFDE.htm
    >
    > Best regards
    >
    > Meinolf Weber
    > Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
    > confers no rights.
    > ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    > ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
    >
    >> Hi Meinolf and thanks for the very fast reply. I'm sure the scripts
    >> can help me, but I'm not quite sure how to use them. I've tried the
    >> "List All the Members of a Group" script and modified it to reflect
    >> the location of the group I want to see, but I don't think I'm doing
    >> it right.
    >>
    >> What I would like ideally is to copy/paste the result into a
    >> spreadsheet and then be able to sort it as I like. What I need to
    >> compare is names of groups and the membership of different groups, as
    >> my company was merged with another company last year, and now there
    >> are a lot of groups that can probably be deleted and groups where
    >> memberships have to be modified.
    >>
    >> I hope this explains it better.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> rondo
    >> "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" wrote:
    >>
    >>> Hello Rondo,
    >>>
    >>> You can use scripts:
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...efault.mspx?mf
    >>> r=true
    >>> or maybe ADExplorer will help you also:
    >>> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb963907.aspx
    >>> What kind of sorting do you mean?
    >>>
    >>> Best regards
    >>>
    >>> Meinolf Weber
    >>> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
    >>> confers
    >>> no rights.
    >>> ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    >>> ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
    >>>> Hi all,
    >>>>
    >>>> I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big
    >>>> mess in this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all
    >>>> the different distribution and security groups and their members. Is
    >>>> there a Microsoft tool or a 3rd part free application that I can use
    >>>> to extract all this information and sort it in a logical way?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks
    >>>> rondo

    >
    >




  8. #8
    Rondo Guest

    RE: Extract members and groups from AD

    Hi guys and thanks a lot for the replies.

    I'll be looking in the scripting center to try and find the best solution.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie

    "Rondo" wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big mess in
    > this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the different
    > distribution and security groups and their members. Is there a Microsoft tool
    > or a 3rd part free application that I can use to extract all this information
    > and sort it in a logical way?
    >
    > Thanks
    > rondo


  9. #9
    Jorge Silva Guest

    Re: Extract members and groups from AD

    Great!

    --
    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services

    Please no e-mails, any questions should be posted in the NewsGroup
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    "Rondo" <ronnie.ziegler@gmail.com.nospam> wrote in message
    news:D8BD1888-2411-4B5B-9E75-D33E23524669@microsoft.com...
    > Hi guys and thanks a lot for the replies.
    >
    > I'll be looking in the scripting center to try and find the best solution.
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Ronnie
    >
    > "Rondo" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi all,
    >>
    >> I've just started in a new job, and quickly learned that AD is a big mess
    >> in
    >> this company. Now I'd like to get a better overview of all the different
    >> distribution and security groups and their members. Is there a Microsoft
    >> tool
    >> or a 3rd part free application that I can use to extract all this
    >> information
    >> and sort it in a logical way?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >> rondo



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