Active Directory management & automation

Customize Active Directory Search

Adaxes Active Directory Web Interface provides very powerful capabilities for Active Directory search. For example, administrators can use the Web Interface to perform advanced queries, like 'search for users whose accounts expired recently' or 'search for users whose passwords never expire' or 'search for Global Security groups that contain a specific member', etc. But such complex queries are hardly useful for regular users. In the majority of cases, for regular users it is enough to search for their colleagues by basic fields, like Name, Title, and Department.

In order not to confuse users with too many search options, the Web Interface can be configured to provide search only for specific types of Active Directory objects (e.g. Users and Contacts) and only by a limited set of search parameters. If necessary, it is possible to completely disable the Active Directory search feature in the Web Interface.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to customize the Simple Search, Alphabetical Search, and Quick Search features in the Adaxes Web Interface.

On the computer, where the Web Interface is installed, start the Web Interface Customization tool.


Select the Web Interface that you want to configure in the Interface type drop-down list.



Activate the Search tab.


To disable the Simple Search, Alphabetical Search and Quick Search features, select the Disable Directory Search check box.

For more details on how to disable other features in the Web Interface, see Disable specific Web Interface components.

To configure the Simple Search feature, do the following:
  • Activate the Simple Search tab.
  • In the Object Types list, check the types of AD objects users will be able to search for.
  • If you want an object type to be selected by default, check this type in the Selected by Default column.
  • In the Available Properties list, specify the properties to be available for search. Click Add to add a new property to the list. To delete properties from the list, select these properties and click Delete.


To configure Alphabetical Search and Quick Search, activate the Alphabetical Search or Quick Search tab.


In the Object Types list, check the types of AD objects users will be able to search for. If you want an object type to be selected by default, check this type in the Selected by Default column.


To configure the columns displayed in search results, do the following:
  • Activate the AD Browsing tab.
  • Click Configure Columns.

In the Configure Columns dialog, do the following:
  • In the Available Columns list, select the columns you need.
  • Select the Customize settings for the selected columns option.
  • Check the Directory Search check box.
  • To display the selected columns in search results by default, select the Display by default item in the drop-down list.
  • To disallow users to view the selected columns in search results, select the Never display item.
    When the Never display option is selected for a column, this column will never be displayed in search results, and users will not be able to add this column using the Column Chooser.
  • Click OK.
For more details on how to configure columns, see Configure columns in AD object lists.

When finished, click Apply.
There is no need to restart IIS to apply the changes, as changes are applied automatically.
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