LDAP search to query an ActiveDirectory server

ldapsearch -LLL -H ldap://activedirectory.example.com:389 -b 'dc=example,dc=com' -D 'DOMAIN\Joe.Bloggs' -w 'p@ssw0rd' '(sAMAccountName=joe.bloggs)'
These are the parameters to ldapsearch (from ldap-utils in Ubuntu), for searching for the record for Joe Blogg's user. sAMAccountName is the LDAP field that ActiveDirectory uses to store the user name. 'DOMAIN\Joe.Bloggs' where "DOMAIN" is the the active directory domain. Othewise you could use "CN=Joe.Bloggs,DC=example,DC=com" instead of "DOMAIN\Joe.Bloggs"
Sample Output
dn: CN=Joe.Bloggs,DC=example,DC=com
...

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By: greppo
2009-06-11 13:07:11

What Others Think

I actually find that the following works better. I also like to run this command using ldaps instead of ldap. ldaps requires that you have a copy of your certificate authority's certificate in pem format wherever your OpenLDAP is configured to look for it. ldapsearch -LLL -H -x ldaps://activedirectory.example.com:389 -b 'dc=example,dc=com' -D 'DOMAIN\Joe.Bloggs' -w 'p@ssw0rd' '(sAMAccountName=joe.bloggs)' The -x specifies to use a simple bind, rather than SASL (which I can't get to work).
smm · 407 weeks and 6 days ago
sorry -- eliminate the port number or specify 636 as follows: ldapsearch -LLL -H -x ldaps://activedirectory.example.com -b 'dc=example,dc=com' -D 'DOMAIN\Joe.Bloggs' -w 'p@ssw0rd' '(sAMAccountName=joe.bloggs)'
smm · 407 weeks and 6 days ago

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