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Active Directory Bulk Objects Modification


bulk object modification

ASN Active Directory Manager provides the simple user interface to modify users, groups, computers, contacts and OUs in bulk. There are four modes available to load the objects to modify and all the four modes can be used together.

  • Add records by importing csv file
  • Add records by search
  • Add records from groups.
  • Add records from parent containers

ASN Active Directory Manager bulk modification process operates with ldap attributes only. The CSV headers must be ldap names. And the records are identified by its distinguishedname. Distinguishedname is the mandatory field for modifying any object in bulk.

Importing csv file

The csv file must need to contain the distinguished field to import for modification(see the image for sample). Also the csv file can easily be formed by generating a particular report and save it as a csv file.

Add records by search

Here the records can be added by searching with appropriate keywords. And this mode is not applicable for adding organizationalunit objects.

Add records from groups

Here the objects can be added by selecting the groups. The groups can be added by searching with the appropriate keywords. ASN Active Directory Manager allows to configure membership options. You can configure to load the direct members alone as well as nested members. And this mode is not applicable for adding organizationalunit objects.

Add records from parent containers

Here the objects can be added by selecting the parent containers and organizationalunits. You can configure to load the direct child objects alone as well as nested child objects.


Add/Remove Columns

Added columns can be removed and updated. The new columns can added with a indexed value or macro defined value. If a common attribute value need to set for all the objects, this option can be used.

Advanced options

Most of advanced attributes like memberof, manager, thumbnailphoto, etc can easily be set using the simple user interface. The user interface can easily be customized. If a particular field already exists in the table of content, the recent value can be overwritten by option.

If the attribute to removed or set to empty, select the attribute and leave it empty in properties dialog. ASN Active Directory Manager provides the multi-value checkable control for multi-valued attributes like memberof, members, otherTelephones, etc. Check the fields to add and uncheck the fields to remove in the multi-valued control.


Advanced Configurations

ASN Active Directory Manager provides the advanced configurations to control the bulk objects modification process. Macros plays an important role in bulk objects modification process. Most of the attributes are formed by combining some required attributes with defined logic. For example, the displayname attribute formed by joining first name (givename) and last name (sn) with a space and e-mail attribute is formed by user logon name(samaccountname) and domain name. In some cases, the macro resolving results in to an empty string. In such cases, the default value can be configured.

Also the tool provides the option to resolve the macros. There are three options to resolve the macros.

  • Resolve macros using available columns in the table of content.
  • Resolve macros using stored values in Active Directory when the table of content results in to empty value.
  • Resolve macros always using stored values in Active Directory.

The bulk objects are modified with more attributes set. In some cases, some attributes may throw errors due not formatted well and some other reasons. ASN Active Directory Manager allows you to configure to make 2 decisions at this instant.

  • Continue to set other attributes when a particular attribute throw error.
  • Exit the current object modification when a particular attribute throw error.

Once all the attributes prepared well and ready to start the modification process, you may need to edit a paricular attribute for a particular value after verification. ASN Active Directory Manager provides the option to control the edit option in table of content. Editing some attributes like manager, memberof may cause a error in attribute set. You can configure the set of attributes, which are not allowed to edit in the table of content. And if you prepared the table of content well and wish to continue to modify the objects later, save the table of content in a csv file and import the same csv file later and modify the objects.

Once the modification process started, you have the option stop the process and then continue the process from where exactly it stopped. Once all the records processed successfully, the result can be saved as a csv file for reference.