10.10. Viewing a Class

Problem

You want to view the attributes of a class.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Active Directory Schema snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, click on the Classes folder.

  3. In the right pane, double-click the class you want to view.

  4. Click on each tab to view the available properties.

Using a command-line interface

In the following command, replace <ClassCommonName> with the common name (not LDAP display name) of the class you want to view:

> dsquery * cn=<ClassCommonName>,cn=schema,cn=configuration,<ForestRootDN> -scope[RETURN]
base -attr *

Using VBScript

' This code prints out the attributes for the specified class.
' Recipe 4.2 for the code for the DisplayAttributes( ) function.
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
' Set to the common name (not LDAP display dame) 
' of the class you want to view. 
strClassName = "<ClassCommonName>"   ' e.g. user
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------

set objRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE")
set objClass = GetObject("LDAP://cn=" & strClassName & "," & _
                         objRootDSE.Get("schemaNamingContext"))
objClass.GetInfo
WScript.Echo "Properties for " & strClassName
DisplayAttributes(objClass.ADsPath)

Discussion

See Table 10-1 for a list of the important classSchema attributes and their descriptions.

See Also

Recipe 4.2 for viewing the attributes of an object

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