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XADM: Using the LDP Utility to Modify Active Directory Object Attributes

This article was previously published under Q260745
The LDP utility is a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) client utility that is included with Microsoft Windows 2000. This article describes how to use the LDP utility to modify the attributes of Active Directory objects including Users, Contacts, and Groups.
To modify the attributes:
  1. Start Ldp.exe.
  2. Connect and bind to Active Directory.
    1. On the Connection menu, click Connect.
    2. Type the server name of a domain controller, verify that the port is set to 389, make sure that the Connectionless check box is cleared, and then click OK.
    3. On the Connection menu, click Bind. Type the user name, password, and domain name. You should receive the message, "Authenticate as dn:'YourUserID'," in the right pane.
  3. Locate the object you want to modify.
    1. On the Browse menu, click Search.
    2. Enter the Base DN, Filter, and set the Scope, for your query, for example:
      Base DN: DC=Redmond,DC=Microsoft,DC=COM
      Filter: displayname=John Smith
      Scope: Subtree
    3. Click OK; all attributes that belong to the object (John Smith in this example) are displayed in the right pane.
  4. Modify the attributes.
    1. On the Browse menu, click Modify.
    2. Copy and paste the Distinguished Name from the right pane to the DN field, for example:
      Dn: CN=John Smith,OU=Recipients,DC=Redmond,DC=Microsoft,DC=COM
    3. Type the name of the attribute that you want to modify in the Edit Entry Attribute box.

      NOTE: If the attribute exists, you can copy and paste the attribute from the right pane.
    4. If you want to replace the old value of the attribute or add a new value, enter the value in the Values field, and then select the operation type such as Add, Delete, or Replace.
    5. Click Enter to add the operation into the Entry list, and then click Run. The result of the modification is displayed in the right pane.
      For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
      261231 XADM: Unable to Update the Schema on the Schema Owner

Article ID: 260745 - Last Review: 01/27/2007 18:09:39 - Revision: 3.3

  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition
  • kbinfo KB260745