I'm using AD Explorer from Sysinternals. I'm performing a memberOf search against the container OU= Alaska Users for the following user:

CN=Doe.John,OU=Alaska Users,OU=Alaska,OU=someOU,DC=subdomain,DC=example,DC=com

with the following membersOf info:

CN=Alaska MC Admins,OU=Alaska User Groups,OU=Alaska,OU=Centers,DC=subdomail,DC=example,DC=com
CN=JCDC Student MC Admins,OU=User Groups,OU=someOU,DC=subdomain,DC=example,DC=com

and I'm getting no results when searching for 'Alaska' or 'MC Admin'. What am I doing wrong?



In other words I'm looking for group membership for a member/group relationship I know exists, and it does not come up via

Search Container -> 
Class = Common Classes,
Attribute = memberOf,
Relation = Contains,
Value = Alaska

Thanks for the powershell tip. The QA guys might be stuck with ad explorer.

  • We now know what you are doing, but what are you trying to achieve? – Daniel Mar 16 '15 at 20:57
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    FYI, the Windows world is irreversibly down the path of PowerShell, and if you don't learn it, you'll be left behind. This is a trivial PowerShell command too, leaving really no reason to be using that SysInternals tool as crutch for something like this. – HopelessN00b Mar 16 '15 at 21:01

MemberOf is an array of objects. I suspect, though don't know, that the SysInternals tool is looking for single "scalar" values, i.e.: not a composite value, such as an array or structure. Totally agree with PowerShell comments above. Sure, use AD Explorer / ADSIEdit to browse, Etc., but pick up PowerShell for anything more than that.

  • Thanks for the info. I'm not sure how to get this functionality to work in AD Explorer but I've been inspired to find good work arounds. – R. Romero Mar 17 '15 at 20:35

MemberOf is a property indicating what groups a user objects is a member of, which is an entirely different thing from its location in an AD/LDAP hierarchy.

  • Good point. Added additional info. – R. Romero Mar 17 '15 at 16:36

Searching memberOf only works with is (not contains!) and a fully qualified group DN (wildcards are not allowed).

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