Are you looking for a quick and easy solution to bulk modify Active Directory user attributes?
Then you are in the right place.
In this post, I’m going to show you the AD Bulk User Update Tool that makes it easy to bulk update active directory user attributes.
This is a GUI tool that updates AD user attributes from a CSV.
Let’s jump right into some examples:
- Bulk Modify Users Office Attribute
- Bulk Modify Users Department and Title
- Bulk Update User Employee ID and Employee Number
- Bulk Remove User Attributes
- Understanding LDAP Attributes (Cheat Sheet)
Example 1: Bulk Modify Users Office Attribute
In this example, I’m going to mass update the Office attribute for 378 AD users. If there is a value already present it will get updated.
The AD Bulk User Modify tool uses a CSV file to bulk modify Active Directory user accounts. All you need is the users sAMAccountName (user’s login name) and the LDAP attribute you want to modify.
If you are not familiar with LDAP attributes you may want to jump to the LDAP attributes section for a quick overview. I’ve created an LDAP cheat sheet to quickly find the correct LDAP values.
Step 1: Setup the CSV File
The first column of the CSV file needs to be ID, this will be used to identify the accounts in Active Directory to update. You can use the following attributes to identify accounts:
- sAMAccountName (default)
The next column needs to be the attribute you want to modify followed by the value. You can export users to a csv file using PowerShell or a GUI tool. This makes it easier to configure the CSV.
TIP: The Active Directory names do not always match the LDAP attribute name. This is how Microsoft designed it. This can be confusing and is why I created a cheat sheet that shows the most common Active Directory names to LDAP attribute names. See the end of this post for the cheat sheet.
Looking at the cheat sheet the LDAP attribute for office is physicalDeliveryOffice. Below is a screenshot of my CSV.
Step 2: Run AD Bulk User Modify Tool
Now the easy part.
Open the AD User Bulk Update tool, select the CSV file, and click run.
When the update is complete check an Active Directory user to verify the changes.
You can see above the user “Albert Dull” has had their Office attribute updated.
Step 3: Verify the changes
To verify the changes for all users you can use the below PowerShell command.
Get-ADUser -filter * -Properties * | select name, office
Another option is to check the logs within the bulk updater tool. The logs will track all changes and also log any errors. You can filter and search the logs.
Example 2: Bulk Update User Department and Job Title
In this example, I will update the department and title attributes at the same time. You can modify as many attributes at once as you wish.
Again, if a value is already set it will be overwritten.
I look at the LDAP cheat sheet and see I need attributes department and title.
Now, I’ll enter the user’s info in the CSV file.
Ready to go, I’ll open the tool, select the CSV file, and click run.
The tool runs and makes the changes set by the CSV file.
Now I’ll open an account to verify the changes.
To verify for all users use the below PowerShell command.
Get-ADUser -filter * -Properties * | select department, title
I just modified the department and job title for 300 users in 15 seconds.
Example 3: Bulk Update User Employee ID & Employee Number
In this example, I’ll update the Employee ID & Employee Number values for all the accounts in the HR department.
These two values only show up in the attribute editor, the values do not show up on any of the tabs in Active Directory Users and Computers.
The LDAP attribute names are employeeID and employeeNumber.
I’ll update my CSV with the LDAP attribute name and set the values I want.
Now I’ll run the tool to update the attributes.
These two attributes are not available to add as a column in ADUC. So you will need to use PowerShell to mass verify the changes.
Get-ADUser -filter * -Properties * | select name, employeeid, employeenumber | sort name
Looks good. I can scroll down the list and see all the HR accounts have been updated.
In about a minutes worth of work, I just updated the employeeid and employeenumber on 300 accounts.
Example 4: Bulk Remove User Attributes
In the first three examples, I showed you how to mass update user attributes but what if you want to bulk remove user attributes?
The process is almost the same, just add the LDAP attribute to the CSV and for the value put remove.
I’ll remove the values for the employeeid and employeenumber.
Now just run the tool, select the CSV and click run.
I’ll verify the changes in ADUC.
Looks good the values have been removed.
To verify with PowerShell use this command.
Get-ADUser -filter * -Properties * | select employeeid, employeenumber
Bonus! You can remove and update values at the same time.
Understanding the LDAP Attribute Names (LDAP Cheat Sheet)
Active Directory stores details about objects such as users into LDAP attributes. These attributes are basically a key value pair for example:
givenName = Robert
GiveName is the attribute name and Robert is the value.
This is the method Active Directory uses to store details about objects.
Here is where it gets a little confusing and is why I created the LDAP cheat sheet.
The field names you see in Active Directory Users and computers do not always match the LDAP attribute name.
For example, in ADUC the First Name field has an LDAP attribute value of giveName
Below is a table of the most commonly used ADUC fields and the LDAP attribute mappings. I’ve grouped them based on the ADUC tabs General, Address, Profile, Telephones, and Organization.
You can use this to quickly look up what LDAP attribute name to setup in the CSV file.
LDAP Attribute Cheat Sheet
This is a downloadable PDF.
The AD Bulk modify tool is not limited to the table above, again those are just common fields. The AD Bulk Modify tool will update any LDAP attribute.
You can use the attribute editor on any account to find other attributes you may need to bulk update.
Screenshot of the attribute editor on an account, this lets you see all the attributes.
You can also use PowerShell to view the LDAP attributes.
Change username to the account you want to view
Get-ADUser username -Properties *
There comes a time when every administrator faces the need to make bulk changes to Active Directory user accounts. I have faced this challenge several times and have struggled with it in the past. With the AD User Bulk Update Tool this is no longer a problem for me or my team to deal with. This tool makes it very easy and saves a great amount of time when dealing with modifying user accounts.
This tool is included in the AD Pro Toolkit. You can download a free trial here.