How to obtain the Base DN or Bind DN Attributes from Active Directory

Basics of Active Directory
With LDAP syntax the Bind DN, or the user authenticating to the LDAP Directory, is derived by using LDAP syntax and going up the tree starting at the user component.

For example, the user user1 is contained in the Users container, under the domain. The corresponding Bind DN will look like the following:

CN=user1,CN=Users,DC=example,DC=com, but this will be discussed in more detail in the following steps.

In the following example, the domain is used to find the Distinguished Name (Bind DN field for the Symantec Encryption Management Server) for user1. After obtaining the correct Distinguished Name, Softerra can be utilized to find users, attributes, and values. The query is detailed below and can be used with Active Directory 2003 and above.

Type the following command and press Enter

dsquery user dc=example,dc=com -name username-here*

If your user has a long name, the * will do a wildcard match for that user.  For the example below, we’ll use a username of “user1”


dsquery user dc=example,dc=com -name user1

These commands will return the correct Bind DN:

Live example:
dsquery user dc=advanxer,dc=com -name palo*
“CN=Palo Alto User ID,OU=Service Accounts,OU=Users,DC=Advanxer,DC=com”