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Old 09-06-05, 09:29 AM
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AD Users and Computers: Windows Server 2003

Bear with my elementary questions, please.

1.) I want to create a Remote Desktop session for a secretary using a Macintosh to only run "Active Directory Users and Computers." I can't seem to find that actual EXE program name to accomplish this. When I run Task Manager to see the exe name, it show "mmc.exe" but thats not what launches "Active Directory Users and Computers."

(In Remote Desktop, you can tell it to launch a program upon login. For instance, to have Remote Desktop only run IE, I type in iexplore.exe.)

2.) If I explore the START button, when I navigate to "Administrative Tools" the folder is empty. So I can't create a desktop shortcut nor can I look at Properties to see what the exe name is or how to run it.

Basically, I need the command to run "Active Directory Users and Computers" using Start > Run.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 09-06-05, 09:36 AM
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AD is actually a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), so it is not a self-contained executable. Do a search on the PC for Adsiedit.msc.

If it's not there you will have to install the Adminpak off the Server CD.
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Old 09-06-05, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Brain Stew
AD is actually a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), so it is not a self-contained executable. Do a search on the PC for Adsiedit.msc.

If it's not there you will have to install the Adminpak off the Server CD.
Yes, that file exists in the Program Files/Support directory. Now what?
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Whoops, it's actually dsa.msc.

You can just launch that file.
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Old 09-06-05, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Brain Stew
Whoops, it's actually dsa.msc.

You can just launch that file.
Worked like a charm. Thanks.

So is there a way to make a desktop icon as well?
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Old 09-06-05, 09:49 AM
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Bummer. Apparently C:\Windows\system32\dsa.msc won't launch when entered into Remote Desktop. It gives a cryptic error.
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Search for the msc file, right click on it and select "Send To->Desktop (create shortcut)"

Rename the shortcut "Active Directory Computers and Users."

I don't have the file in front of me (so I can't tell offhand what the msc's icon is), but the icon Microsoft uses is located at %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll and is the one under the brown square with the triangle pointing up - the one you want looks like an address book.

If it already has that icon, disregard the last instruction .
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Bummer. Apparently C:\Windows\system32\dsa.msc won't launch when entered into Remote Desktop. It gives a cryptic error.
Try:

"mmc %programfiles%/support/dsa.msc"
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