ADSIEdit does not show all attributes!?

Hey there — this is a question that drives people crazy. I mean – you know that there’s an objects attribute filled with a value as you’ve seen it in ADUC or some place else but … ADSIEdit just doesn’t show it. How come?

A good example for this is ADSIEdit that comes with RSAT in Windows Vista and Windows 7. I’ve seen it on Windows Server 2003 too but it seems that Vista and 7 have this special behavior “built-in”. Say you open a user object and want to check what groups the user is member of… but… ooops:

…no “memberOf” attribute. You check a couple of other attributes and notice they’re missing, too. Examples are “directReports” or “masteredBy”. Looking closer at them, you notice that those attributes have one thing in common: they’re backlinks for AD’s linked attributes. I won’t bore you with the technical stuff on linked attributes – if you’re interested, I have another blog posting on this:

You’re curious on how you turn the backlink attributes back on so they’re displayed? Sure, I’ll tell you. To my own surprise, this isn’t exposed in MMC’s menus like “Advanced Features” or somewhere near “View” where I’d probably search for it. It’s this little “Filter” button in the object’s properties…clever… that’s actually the point where you should start thinking about how often you wondered what that button was for – but never clicked it:

Apparently there’s more than just backlinks to hide and un-hide. Constructed attributes are another example. Just make your choice and those attributes are yours (again).

7 Comments so far

  1. Steven on August 12th, 2010

    I’m so pissed I didn’t see that before I googled for it. Thanks for pissing me off!! ;)

  2. Chris128 on August 18th, 2010

    Thanks for this, I was wondering why I couldn’t see the MemberOf attribute :)

  3. Baumers03 on August 27th, 2010

    Thank you, this was driving me crazy!!

  4. Sara on January 11th, 2011

    Your post is awesome- thank you!!! I KNEW I’d seen “memberOf” in adsi edit before…

    *mutters at MS Shaking fist*

  5. Parag on March 8th, 2011

    you saved my day.. I owe you a chilled beer.

  6. Paul on April 26th, 2013

    Great! Thank you!!

  7. Bob on May 1st, 2013

    Thank you!!