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Active Directory support tools

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Active Directory support tools

Several additional tools that can be used to configure, manage, and debug Active Directory are available as command-line tools. These tools are known as the Support Tools and are available on the installation CD in the \Support\Tools folder.

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You can find downloadable versions of the Support Tools at the following locations:

List and description of tools

In addition, the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) is available to help you migrate user accounts, groups, and computer accounts from Windows NT 4.0 domains to Active Directory domains. The Active Directory Migration Tool is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and is available on the installation compact disk in the \i386\ADMT folder.

 

Tool Description

Movetree

Move objects from one domain to another.

SIDWalk

Set the access control lists on objects previously owned by accounts that were moved, orphaned, or deleted.

LDP

Allows LDAP operations to be performed against Active Directory. This tool has a graphical user interface (GUI).

Dnscmd

Enables administrator to check presence of domain controller locator records in DNS, add or delete such records and perform configuration of DNS servers, zones and records.

DSACLS

View or modify the access control lists of directory objects.

Netdom

Batch management of trusts, joining computers to domains, verifying trusts and secure channels.

NETDiag

Check end to end network and distributed services functions.

NLTest

Check that the locator and secure channel are functioning.

Repadmin

Check replication consistency between replication partners, monitor replication status, display replication metadata, force replication events and knowledge consistency checker recalculation.

Replmon

Display replication topology, monitor replication status (including group policies), force replication events and knowledge consistency checker recalculation. This tool has a graphical user interface (GUI).

DSAStat

Compare directory information on domain controllers and detect differences.

ADSI Edit

A Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in used to view all objects in the directory (including schema and configuration information), modify objects and set access control lists on objects.

SDCheck

Check access control list propagation and replication for specified objects in the directory. This tool enables an administrator to determine if access control lists are being inherited correctly and if access control list changes are being replicated from one domain controller to another.

ACLDiag

Determine whether a user has been assigned or denied access to a directory object. It can also be used to reset access control lists to their default state.

DFSUtil

Command-line utility for managing all aspects of Distributed File System (DFS), checking the configuration concurrency of DFS servers, and displaying the DFS topology.

Dcdiag

Analyzes the state of domain controllers in a forest or enterprise and reports any problems to assist in troubleshooting.

Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT)

A Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in used to migrate user accounts, groups, and computer accounts from Windows NT 4.0 domains to Active Directory domains (available on the installation compact disk in the \i386\ADMT folder).

For more information, see Install Windows Support Tools and Using the Windows Deployment and Resource Kits.

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