We have a single 2008 R2 DC. We're trying to locate Builtin groups that no longer visually appear in the Builtin group folder in the domain tree in the left panel of the active directory users and computers tool. We tried the directory search, thinking that maybe those groups were just moved to another OU or folder and the search found them. However, the search claims that those groups are still in the Builtin folder when they are not.

Can anyone please explain where our "missing" groups actually are or what is going on with the search?

  • It's not entirely clear to me what you mean. Maybe post an image of what you see? – joeqwerty May 3 at 2:05
  • Does the user account have permissions to view that folder? – Davidw May 3 at 2:07
  • joeqwerty, sorry, can't send a screenshot from our server, but here's a link to a pic that should help clarify: tr3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2008/05/21/… So when we open the BuiltIn groups container, nothing's there (someone must've moved/deleted them we thought). So we did a search and found some of those BuiltIn groups like 'Administrators', but according to the search, they are in the BuiltIn container, which they visually are not. – 72909903 May 3 at 18:46
  • Davidw, yes, we're using an account with administrator privileges. It's the same account we always use to add, edit, delete users and groups. It's an old DC we inherited that's been picked apart by many different admins over many years and we're trying to get it cleaned up – 72909903 May 3 at 18:52
  • Wondering if this could potentially be a GPO doing this? – 72909903 May 3 at 18:54

In the Active Directory Users and Computers menu, go to View > Filter Options.

Select the top radio button "Show all types of objects". Eveything in AD should appear.

To specify only select types of AD objects, select the second radio button "Show only the following types of objects" and then select checkboxes below.

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