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Dsquery

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Queries the directory by using search criteria that you specify. Each of the dsquery commands finds objects of a specific object type, with the exception of dsquery *, which can query for any type of object

Dsquery is a command-line tool that is built into Windows Server 2008. It is available if you have the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) server role installed. To use dsquery, you must run the dsquery command from an elevated command prompt. To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

 

Command Description

Dsquery computer

Finds computers in the directory that match search criteria that you specify.

Dsquery contact

Finds contacts in the directory that match search criteria that you specify.

Dsquery group

Finds groups in the directory that match search criteria that you specify. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery ou

Finds organizational units (OUs) in the directory that match search criteria that you specify. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the more general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery site

Finds sites in the directory that match search criteria that you specify. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the more general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery server

Finds domain controllers according to specified search criteria. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the more general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery user

Finds users in the directory that match search criteria that you specify. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the more general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery quota

Finds quota specifications in the directory that match search criteria that you specify. A quota specification determines the maximum number of directory objects a specified security principal can own in a given directory partition. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the more general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery partition

Finds partition objects in the directory that match search criteria that you specify. If the predefined search criteria in this command are insufficient, use the more general version of the query command, dsquery *.

Dsquery *

Finds any objects in the directory according to criteria using an LDAP query.

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