Active Directory Bulk Objects 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.