Start Active Directory Users and Computers

The Active Directory Users and Computers is a management console used to administer Active Directory (manage users, groups, computers, polices, etc.).

By default, it is deployed on a Windows Server host, when it’s promoted to the domain controller during the Active Directory Domain Services role installation.

In this short note i am showing how to start the Active Directory Users and Computers console from the “Run” dialog, from a command-line prompt (CMD) or from a Windows PowerShell.

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Start Active Directory Users and Computers

The easiest way to start the Active Directory Users and Computers is by executing the dsa.msc from the “Run” dialog.

DSA.MSC: The DSA stands for Directory System Agent. The files with .MSC extension are “consoles” or “programs” which are used to configure certain aspects of Windows.

To start the Active Directory console – press the ⊞ Win + R shortcut to open the “Run” dialog, type in dsa.msc and click “OK”.

To start the Active Directory console from a command-line prompt (CMD) or from a Windows PowerShell, simply use the dsa command:

C:\> dsa

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