HOW TO: Display and Administer All Users in Active Directory

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An administrator may want to generate a list of users in Active Directory. Once the users are displayed, the administrator can select multiple accounts to administer. Although you cannot change all of the user properties for multiple users, you can perform the following actions:
  • Enable accounts
  • Disable accounts
  • Delete accounts
  • Add members to a group
  • Move users
  • Send mail

Displaying a List of All Users in Active Directory

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. Right-click the domain name, and then click Find.
  3. In the Find box, click Custom Search.
  4. In the In box, click Entire Directory.
  5. Click Field, click User, and then click Logon Name.
  6. Leave the Condition box set to Starts With and the Criteria box set to "*".
  7. Click Find Now.

Administrating Multiple Users After They Are Displayed

  1. To select the users you want to administer, hold down the SHIFT key or the CTRL key and select the users with the mouse. Use the SHIFT key to select of contiguous group of users, or use the CTRL key to select a noncontiguous group of users.
  2. After you select the users you want to administer, right-click the list of selected users, and then click the appropriate command from the list above.

    NOTE: The Properties options are listed as well, but you can modify only the items listed on the shortcut menu. If you attempt to modify other properties, the properties change for only one user.


For additional information about finding users, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
234955 Limited to 10,000 Results in 'Find Users, Contacts, and Groups'


Article ID: 237548 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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