Creating objects at the command line
Performing bulk operations within Active Directory
Active Directory updates and maintenance
If you’ve ever been handed an Excel spreadsheet listing 200 new employees starting next week, or if your user accounts are configured incorrectly because help desk staff clicked something
they shouldn’t have, or if you just want an easier way to manage Active Directory® besides opening Users and Computers every time, there are a number of free administration tools that can help. Some are built right into the Windows® OS, some come in a Resource Kit or the Windows Support Tools, and some are free third-party tools. What are these handy tools and where can you get them? Let’s find out.
I’ll start with the built-in command-line tools in Windows Server® 2003 that allow you to create, delete, modify, and search for objects in Active Directory.