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Active Directory Cookbook by Robbie Allen

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12.12. Viewing Object Metadata

Problem

You want to view metadata for an object. The object’s replPropertyMetaData attribute stores metadata information about the most recent updates to every attribute that has been set on the object.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open LDP.

  2. From the menu, select Connection Connect.

  3. For Server, enter the name of a domain controller or domain that contains the object.

  4. For Port, enter 389.

  5. Click OK.

  6. From the menu, select Connection Bind.

  7. Enter credentials (if necessary) of a user that can view the object.

  8. Click OK.

  9. From the menu, select Browse Replication View Metadata.

  10. For Object DN, type the distinguished name of the object you want to view.

  11. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

In the following command, replace <ObjectDN> with the distinguished name of the object for which you want to view metadata:

> repadmin /showobjmeta <DomainControllerName> <ObjectDN>

This command was called /showmeta in the Windows 2000 version of repadmin. Also, the parameters are switched in that version, where <ObjectDN> comes before <DomainControllerName>.

Using VBScript

' This code displays the meta data for the specified object.
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
strObjectDN = "<ObjectDN>"          ' e.g. dc=rallencorp,dc=com
strDC   = "<DomainControllerName>" ' e.g. dc1 ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- set objIadsTools = CreateObject("IADsTools.DCFunctions") intRes = objIadsTools.GetMetaData(Cstr(strDC),Cstr(strObjectDN),0) if intRes = -1 then Wscript.Echo objIadsTools.LastErrorText ...

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