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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Bulk Imports and Exports

You may find yourself in a situation where you want to dump information out of Active Directory into a flat file for searching. Or you may need to create large numbers of objects and you want to simplify your work by importing information from a flat file. A standard Windows domain controller has a couple of utilities that help with this kind of bulk object processing. First, we need to take a look at the format for exchanging LDAP information.

LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF)

RFC 2849, “The LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF)—Technical Specification” defines a standard structure for exchanging LDAP information. The following example shows the LDIF format for the attributes of the Administrator account in the Company.com ...

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