Active Directory management & automation

Disallow Certain Operations on Active Directory Objects

With the help of the Active Directory Web Interface, users can only perform operations, for which they have been granted permissions (via Security Roles). If a user doesn't have rights to perform an operation, the Web Interface will not display this operation for this user.

However, sometimes you may need to explicitly disable certain operations in the Web Interface. For example, when a user is working with multiple AD objects, the Web Interface doesn't check whether this user has enough permissions to perform an operation on each object, and displays all available operations. Or you may just want to simplify the user interface by removing unnecessary features that may distract or confuse users.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

  • completely disable specific operations in the Web Interface,
  • disable specific operations only for specific Web Interface components (Search, AD Reports, Basket, etc.) and object views.

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



In the Interface type drop-down list, select the Web Interface you want to configure.


Activate the AD Management tab and click Customize Operations.



To completely disable an operation in the Web Interface, uncheck it in the Operations list. In this case, the operation will not be available to users in the Web Interface, even if they have rights to execute it.

Along with standard Active Directory operations, the Operations list also contains Custom Commands. You can configure Custom Commands in the same way you configure other operations.
You can also define which operations on Exchange mailboxes, mail-enabled users, contacts and groups will be available to users.
  • To disable an operation on Exchange accounts and distribution lists, uncheck it in the Operations list under the Exchange Tasks group.

  • You can also define, which properties of Exchange accounts and distribution groups will be available to users when they perform the Edit Exchange Properties operation:

    • Select Edit Exchange Properties under the Exchange Tasks group.
    • On the Available Operations tab located to the right, uncheck the properties that you want to hide from users.
    Apart from enabling or disabling certain Exchange tasks, some of them can be customized. For more details, see Configure Exchange Tasks.

You can disable specific operations only for specific Web Interface components. For example, to prevent users from performing the Delete operation on search results, do the following:

  • Select the Delete operation in the Operations list.
  • Select the Customize how the selected operation is displayed in check box.
  • In the AD Object Grids tab, activate the Directory Search check box.
  • Select the Don't display item in the drop-down list. When this item is selected for the Delete operation, users will not be able to delete Active Directory objects in search results.

You can enable or disable operations for the grids used in the following Web Interface components:

  • Directory Search
    The grid is used to display search results (Simple Search, Alphabetical Search, and Quick Search).

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  • Browsing AD
    The grid is used to display child objects of the selected Organizational Unit or Container when browsing Active Directory.

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  • AD Reports
    The grid is used to display results of Active Directory reports.

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  • Business Units
    The grid is used to display members of a Business Unit.

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  • Group Members Section
    The grid is used to display members of an Active Directory group.

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  • Member Of Section
    The grid is used to display the groups an object is a member of.

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  • Favorites
    The grid is used to display favorite Active Directory objects in the My Favorites tab.

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  • Basket
    The grid is used to display Active Directory objects located in the Basket.

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  • My Team Page

    This grid is used to display the users you are the manager of. This grid is shown, when you click the My Team link in the My Panel section.

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  • My Department Page
    This grid is used to display all users from your department. This grid is shown, when you click the My Department link in the My Panel section.

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  • My Managed Objects Page

    This grid is used to display the Active Directory objects managed by you. This grid is shown, when you click the My Managed Objects link in the My Panel section.

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Also, you can disable specific operations in the views used to display Active Directory objects. For example, to hide the Edit link from the view used to display User objects, do the following:
  • Select the Edit operation in the Operations list.
  • Select the Customize how the selected operation is displayed in check box.
  • Activate the AD Object Views tab.
  • Select the Don't Display option for the User object type. When this option is selected, the Edit link will not be shown on the page used to display User objects.
If you want an operation to be placed under the Other submenu, select the Display in Other menu option for this operation.

In object views, only the operations located at the bottom of the page header can be placed under the Other submenu.


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