Efficiency (and Laziness) with the AD Administrative Center’s Global Search in Server 2008 R2

Last week I broke the news that Train Signal is working on a training course covering Windows Server 2008 R2. Well, while reviewing one of Coach’s videos I learned about something super neat. The Active Directory Administrative Center is great by itself but my absolute favorite part is the Global Search bar. 

When we first got the search bar from the start menu in Vista my computing life changed. It has allowed me to be blissfully lazy. I really have no idea where any of my programs and files are. Heck, I don’t even know their full names. And don’t get me started on OS tools and features.

If I want to do a backup, I don’t navigate to the Backup and Restore Center – I just type the letters “ba” and BOOM. There it is. Life is great!

Global Search in Server 2008 R2

In Server 2008 R2 they have added a GUI search tool to help you find Active Directory objects. You can find users, computers, OUs, groups, and more in a snap! You can even search in other domains you have established trusts with.  Network admins everywhere:  rejoice!

You can further refine your search (query) by adding criteria. You can even save queries. And you don’t have to search the entire domain. You could navigate to a particularly large OU then filter that OU’s objects with a query. The possibilities are endless.

In all seriousness, this is a great tool for the help desk professional or any other person the all-powerful admin has delegated responsibilities to. For example, that person does not have to know the ins and outs of the network structure to quickly find a user and reset their password.

The fact that the new Active Directory Administrative Center (and its Global Search) can be installed on a Windows 7 client makes this scenario all the more possible.

The Global Search tool is only one new feature in the new Active Directory Administrative Center, and there are plenty more new features in Server 2008 R2.

So if you want to learn all about it and more — keep an eye out for our new Server 2008 R2 Training that is coming soon. Love it!


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