Search Active Directory (AD) from your desktop

Ever see a Windows group and want to know all the users in that group without having to ask your system admin?  There is an easy way to do this.  Just create this shortcut on your desktop:

%SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32\rundll32.exe dsquery,OpenQueryWindow

Call it something like “Search AD”.  Then when you run it you will be given a search box that allows you to find the group and see the users in that group.  Easy breezy.

About James Serra

James is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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One Response to Search Active Directory (AD) from your desktop

  1. Dianne Holley says:

    Thanks, that was very helpful. My last work laptop came with a built-in shortcut, but couldn’t find it on the new one.

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