VBScript: Search Active Directory for User

Posted On 2012-03-18 by dwirch
Tags: Active Directory VBScript Scripting Windows Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2003
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Anyone can use Active Directory Users and Computers to search fora user. Just right-click the container you want to search, and select the find option. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy.

But how can you programmatically search Active Directory? It's pretty straightforward, actually. This VBScript sample will show you a couple of different basic concepts of working with AD.

  • Define search parameters
  • Define ADO databjects for the connections
  • Open a connection to Active Directory
  • Perform an LDAP query
  • Process the results

This code sample may be pretty basic to some folks in the IT world. But remember, there are those that are just starting their journey into the world of technology, and might need a bit of help to get rolling. As such, I've commented the code quite a bit, in order to help understanding of what is going on.

Feel free to ask questions, though. That's why the site is here - answer your questions!

On Error Resume Next


' ***
' *** change these values to search for a different user, or
' *** search in a different domain.
' ***
' *** samAccountName = username to be searched for
' *** MyDomainName = Domain to be searched
' ***

NameToSearchFor = "MyUserName"
MyDomainName = "dc=mydomain,dc=com"

' ***
' *** Make objects
' ***

Set objConnection = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
Set objCommand = CreateObject("ADODB.Command")

' ***
' *** Make connection to Active Directory and execute
' ***

objConnection.Provider = ("ADsDSOObject")
objConnection.Open "Active Directory Provider"
objCommand.ActiveConnection = objConnection

objCommand.CommandText = "SELECT samAccountName FROM " & _
"'LDAP://" & MyDomainName & "' " & _
"WHERE samAccountName = '" & MyUserName & "'"

objCommand.Properties("SearchScope") = ADS_SCOPE_SUBTREE

Set objRecordSet = objCommand.Execute

' ***
' *** output the results to the screen
' ***

If objRecordSet.RecordCount = 0 Then

Wscript.Echo MyUserName & " is not in use."


Wscript.Echo MyUserName & " is being used."

End If

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Comments On This Post

By: AnonymousCoward
Date: 2015-07-06

Thanks very much.  this saved my from many hours of headache.  I'm new to Active Directory and this worked perfectly.  Thanks again.

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