Fast Searching of Active Directory

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 April 2005 / Last Updated on 20 April 2005]

Make life easier for your users by simplifying how they search for resources in Active Directory.

It takes about half a dozen steps to search Active Directory using the Desktop Search Assistant on Windows XP. That's frustrating for most users. Fortunately you can make their life easier by creating a new shortcut on their desktops that has the following path:


%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe dsquery.dll,OpenQueryWindow


Name the new shortcut something like Search Active Directory and you're done. Users can now open the Find Users, Contacts, and Groups dialog by simply double-clicking on this shortcut, making it easier for them to find resources in Active Directory.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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