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Let users update their own AD information with the Active Directory Update tool

Learn about a third-party utility called the Active Directory Update tool that lets end users update their own Active Directory attributes via a Web page.

Active Directory Update is a .NET Web application written by Active Directory and Exchange Server maven Jim McBee that allows individual end users to update their own Active Directory attributes via a Web page.

Windows and Exchange Server administrators who rely on the GALMOD utility to modify user data in Active Directory should welcome the convenience of the Active Directory Update tool. Users just have to log in to a Web interface to modify Active Directory attributes for which they have been granted update permissions.

The program has a number of customizations that can be applied:

  • Fields like city, state, department, and office can be constrained to dropdown list selection only to prevent mistakes or invalid submissions.

  • Any part of the interface can be hidden to simplify the presentation.

  • All of the help/attribute strings and labels in the interface can be customized.

The program comes with its own installer and requires only that Internet Information Services (IIS) be installed and running, and that ASP.NET and the .NET 1.1 Framework be present. Connections to the program can optionally be made over an SSL connection for added security.

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If you want to try out the program, a 10-day evaluation version is available that works without any functionality restrictions and can be easily upgraded to the full version with little effort. The cost to license the full version is U.S. $299 per Active Directory domain.

About the author: Serdar Yegulalp is editor of Windows Insight, a newsletter devoted to hints, tips, tricks, news and goodies for all flavors of Windows users.

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This was last published in July 2007

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There is a client application that will also allow users to update their own contact information in Active Directory, it's called Corporate Directory. It is an automatic AD phone book that has a self update feature.
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