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batch files: getting information from your Windows AD

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/10/13

If you have the Windows Server Resource Kit tools installed, then dsget and dsquery can get you some valuable information about the current user and computer.

Below is a sample batch file that shows that dsquery gets you [Wayback/Archive] DNs, and dsget gets you detailed information for a certain type of DN.

You can use pipes (and sometimes you need to [Wayback/Archive] escape the pipes) to pass information from dsquery to dsget.
dsget will happily accept multiple DNs (each on a new line), so you can use text-files with DNs too.

@echo on
    :: this assumes that dsquery, dsget, etc are in the same directory as the batch file
    ::escape pipe with caret
    for /f "tokens=* delims= " %%a in ('%~dp0dsquery user -samid %USERNAME% ^| %~dp0dsget user -desc ^| find /V "dsget succeeded"') do (
    set description=%%a
    )
    ::trim last two spaces
    if "%description:~-2%"=="  " set description=%description:~0,-2%
    echo !%description%!

–jeroen

One Response to “batch files: getting information from your Windows AD”

  1. […] second batch file escapes the pipe (|) by using a carret (^), so it is passed from the command-line to […]

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