Microsoft have just released a new tool under the Sysinternals banner called Active Directory Explorer. Read the blurb from the website below for more information but based on this description, it sounds amazing! It’s odd then, that there is no other information about this new tool apart from the quote below.
This seems like a very advanced tool that would be hugely beneficial to anyone working with Active Directory. I’m intrigued by the idea of taking snapshots of your AD and then being able to load up those snapshots offline for browsing and diagnosis. My virtual environment at home isn’t up and running yet, but I will definitely be reporting some more information about this new tool soon.
Active Directory Explorer (AD Explorer) is an advanced Active Directory (AD) viewer and editor. You can use AD Explorer to easily navigate an AD database, define favorite locations, view object properties and attributes without having to open dialog boxes, edit permissions, view an object’s schema, and execute sophisticated searches that you can save and re-execute.
AD Explorer also includes the ability to save snapshots of an AD database for off-line viewing and comparisons. When you load a saved snapshot, you can navigate and explorer it as you would a live database. If you have two snapshots of an AD database you can use AD Explorer’s comparison functionality to see what objects, attributes and security permissions changed between them.
AD Explorer works on Windows 2000 and higher.