How can I list the Active directory user attributes from a Linux computer? The Linux computer is already joined to the domain. I can use 'getent' to get the user and group information, but it does not display the complete active directory user attributes.

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You can use ldapsearch to query an AD Server. For example, the following query will displya all attributes of all the users in the domain:

ldapsearch   -x -h adserver.domain.int -D "[email protected]" -W -b "cn=users,dc=domain,dc=int" 

Command options explained:

  • -x use simple authentication (as opposed to SASL)
  • -h your AD server
  • -D the DN to bind to the directory. In other words, the user you are authenticating with.
  • -W Prompt for the password. The password should match what is in your directory for the the binddn (-D). Mutually exclusive from -w.
  • -b The starting point for the search

More info: http://www.openldap.org/software/man.cgi?query=ldapsearch&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=OpenLDAP+2.0-Release&format=html


A much simpler command is

id myuser@MYDOMAIN

For this command to work, your machine must have already joined the domain; you can verify that via

realm list

If the OS is integrated with Active directory, then simply running "id" command should be sufficient to list the AD groups assigned to the user.

The commands like id/gid will give results just the way they do when OS is not integrated with AD.

PFB the sample:

[oracle@wlsserver1~]$ id s_dhan
uid=1356186729(s_dhan) gid=1356000513(domain users) groups=1356000513(domain users),1356162912(linux-skl-prod-login),1356177219(linux-tom-dv-login),....

Or just use the groups command:

# groups <user_ID>

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