Launching Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC)

How to navigate to Active Directory users and computers

Launching Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC)   


Active Directory (AD), a service provided by Microsoft, functions as a central database for securely storing and managing information about user accounts, user groups, applications, and other critical resources. It primarily functions as a directory service for Windows domain networks. In an organizational workgroup, each computer stores user information and resources which must be secured.
Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) is the management and administrative console for AD.  It helps create and manage objects like accounts, contacts, groups and users, and organizational units. Processes like password reset and addition of users to security groups can be performed with ADUC. It also assists with domain processes like raising the domain functional level and transferring the Flexible Single Master Operation roles like Primary Domain Controller, Relative ID, and Infrastructure.
There are multiple ways to launch the ADUC including: 

Using the Run command   

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on Run.
  3. Enter dsa.msc to open the ADUC console.

 From the Start menu   

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Select Administrative Tools.
  3. Select Active Directory Users and Computers and the ADUC console will open.


From the Control Panel   

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Select System and Security.
  3. Click on Administrative Tools.
  4. Select Active Directory Users and Computers and the ADUC console will open.

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