Friday, May 20, 2005

JoeWare presents AdMod

If you have tried modifying or manipulating objects in your Windows 2003 Active Directory using some of the new command-line tools such as dsget.exe, dsmod.exe, msquery, or dsrm.exe, then you have discovered the same limitations that many others have. I see a lot of postings to this effect in the newsgroups. These tools only support a limited set of attributes. My favorite tool for dealing with this is ADMODIFY.NET.

However, I was just referred by a fellow Exchange MVP to a new (and FREE!) command-line tool called AdMod. Most cool. This tool can update existing attributes, add values to attributes, clear an attribute, add values to multi-value attributes, delete objects, rename an object, move and object and undelete an object (if you are running Windows 2003). The undelete account feature can be very handy. I have used Quest's Recovery Manager and it is pretty cool for doing this.

Check out Joe's AdFind tool, too. Very popular tool amoungst MVPs and techies for searching the Active Directory. Much more powerful than dsquery.exe.

Thanks Joe! As we say in Hawaii, you no na oi!


At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts - they're insightful and appreciated indeed.

Hey, have you tried the Gold Finger yet? It's a new FREE, SUPPORTED and Microsoft endorsed tool for Active Directory, designed by Microsoft's own Program Manager for Active Directory Security.

Gold Finger can be instantly deployed on any domain-joined machine and offers over 200 security reports covering Account, Group, Computer, GPO, Container, OU, Exchange and AD ACL Management.

We've been using it for the past three weeks now and it has been immensely useful in day-to-day AD reporting. Its a refreshing change from command-line tools and its inbuilt search outdoes most search tools out there. The best part is that it's 100% supported, so if we ever have a problem, we can FREE Support for it.

DOWNLOAD LINK: I believe you can download your own free copy from

If you're into AD reporting, this is a very useful tool to have in your toolset.

Best wishes,


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