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10.13. Modifying the Attributes Included with Ambiguous Name Resolution

Problem

You want to modify the attributes that are included as part of ANR.

Solution

Tip

For Windows 2000 Active Directory, you need to enable schema modifications before proceeding. See Recipe 10.2 for more information.

Using a graphical user interface

  1. In order to proceed, you must have first indexed the attribute.

  2. Open the Active Directory Schema snap-in.

  3. In the left pane, click on the Attributes folder.

  4. In the right pane, double-click the attribute you want to edit.

  5. Check the box beside ANR.

  6. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

You can include an attribute as part of ANR by using the ldifde utility and an LDIF file that contains the following:

dn: cn=rallencorp-LanguagesSpoken,cn=schema,cn=configuration,<ForestRootDN>
changetype: modify
replace: searchFlags
searchFlags: 5
-

If the LDIF file were named add_anr_attr.ldf, you would run the following command:

> ldifde -v -i -f add_anr_attr.ldf

Using VBScript

' This code will make an attribute part of the ANR set.
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
' Set to the common name (not LDAP display dame) of the attribute
strAttrName = "<AttrCommonName>"   ' e.g. rallencorp-LanguagesSpoken
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------

set objRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE")
set objAttr = GetObject("LDAP://cn=" & strAttrName & "," & _
                        objRootDSE.Get("schemaNamingContext"))
objAttr.Put "searchFlags", 5
objAttr.SetInfo
WScript.Echo "New ANR attribute: " & strAttrName

Tip

The CLI and VBScript ...

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