# How can I figure out my LDAP connection string?

We get on a company network thats running active directory and also we would certainly such as to examine out some LDAP things (active directory subscription carrier, in fact) therefore much, none people can identify what our LDAP link string is. Does any person recognize just how we can deal with locating it? The only point we understand is the domain name that we get on.

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2022-07-17 15:19:24
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2022-07-22 14:39:48
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I always had problems finding the correct way to type out the OU. The command dsquery ou domainroot will give you a list of the correct names of all the OUs in your domain. Not sure if this will help for a larger organization.

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2022-07-20 15:48:38
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I just use this tool from Softerra (they make an excellent freeware LDAP Browser) to get the User DN from the currently-logged in user: http://www.ldapbrowser.com/download.htm

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2022-07-17 18:23:59
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The ASP.NET Active Directory Membership Provider does an authenticated bind to the Active Directory using a specified username, password, and "connection string". The connection string is made up of the LDAP server's name, and the fully-qualified path of the container object where the user specified is located.

The connection string begins with the URI LDAP://.

For the server name, you can use the name of a domain controller in that domain-- let's say "dc1.corp.domain.com". That gives us LDAP://dc1.corp.domain.com/ thusfar.

The next bit is the fully qualified path of the container object where the binding user is located. Let's say you're using the "Administrator" account and your domain's name is "corp.domain.com". The "Administrator" account is in a container named "Users" located one level below the root of the domain. Thus, the fully qualified DN of the "Users" container would be: CN=Users,DC=corp,DC=domain,DC=com. If the user you're binding with is in an OU, instead of a container, the path would include "OU=ou-name".

So, using an account in an OU named Service Accounts that's a sub-OU of an OU named Corp Objects that's a sub-OU of a domain named corp.domain.com would have a fully-qualified path of OU=Service Accounts,OU=Corp Objects,DC=corp,DC=domain,DC=com.

Combine the LDAP://dc1.corp.domain.com/ with the fully qualified path to the container where the binding user is located (like, say, LDAP://dc1.corp.domain.com/OU=Service Accounts,OU=Corp Objects,DC=corp,DC=domain,DC=com) and you've got your "connection string".

(You can use the domain's name in the connection string as opposed to the name of a domain controller. The difference is that the domain's name will resolve to the IP address of any domain controller in the domain. That can be both good and bad. You're not reliant on any single domain controller to be up and running for the membership provider to work, but the name happens to resolve to, say, a DC in a remote location with spotty network connectivity then you may have problems with the membership provider working.)

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2022-07-17 18:23:43
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