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As the question title says, I am trying to find out when a user account was created in Active Directory. The operating system is Windows Server 2003.

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

In AD Users and Computers, inspecting the Object tab of the user account, there is a Created field.

You would need to select View menu > Advanced to be able to see the Object tab.

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+1 And for those that don't like clicking: dsquery * -filter "(SamAccountName=jscott)" -attr Name whenCreated – jscott Jul 24 '12 at 13:13

As seen on Technet blogs:

Set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://cn=ken myer, ou=Finance, dc=fabrikam, dc=com")
Wscript.Echo objUser.WhenCreated

Got PowerShell?

Get-ADUser -Identity garys -Properties whenCreated
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Even better example as seen on

DSQuery * “CN=TestUser,CN=Users,DC=<YourDomainName>, DC=<Com>” –Attr WhenCreated  WhenChanged
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