User Account Attributes in AD: Part 3 ADUC General Tab


This article is the third in a series that offers a reference point between User account atrributes and their associated values as displayed within various interfaces. In this post we look at the General Tab within the standard Active Directory for Users and Computers interface. If you are looking for a representation of LDAP fields in Outlook or ADUC, see these posts:

Outlook Attributes

Outlook Address Book General Tab LDAP Attributes Mapping (Part 1)
Outlook Address Book Phone/Notes Tab – Ldap Attributes Mapping (Part 2)

ADUC Attributes

Active Directory Users and Computers – Address Tab (Part 4)
Active Directory Users and Computers – Account Tab (Part 5)

If you’re looking for information on User Account Attributes in Active Directory for Users and Computers, this post maps out attributes listed under the general tab. A complete list of attribute mappings is often useful for an administrator for the purpose of using VBScript or Powrshell to manage an Active Directory environment. We will post a complete list in the next post (along with the next tab in ADUC) – until then, I’m sure there are thousands of examples of this around the web – a simple search should provide you with what you need.

Active Directory – User Account Attributes – ADUC General Tab

Here’s a mapping for the General Tab within DSA.MSC (expressed in other words, DSA.MSC is the MMC snap-in that opens up ADUC or Active Directory for Users and Computers):

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Name in ADUC LDAP Attribute Format Attribute-ID
First Name givenName Single
Initials initials Single
Last Name sn Single
Display Name displayName Single 1.2.840.113556.1.2.13
Description description Single*
Office physicalDeliveryOfficeName Single
Telephone Number telephoneNumber Single
E-Mail mail Single 0.9.2342.19200300.100.1.3
Web Page wWWHomepage Single 1.2.840.113556.1.2.464

*Note: The Description Attribute is listed as single, but for most other classes in AD (those that are not security principals) this value may be multivalued; ie: an Organisational Unit may have multiple description values associated, whilst a user account/computer account may only be associated with a single string. This is to allow for backwards compatibility.


  1. Damien,

    Great site overall, but we are finding that in our AD, that the user’s name displayed next the icon is not coming from {displayname}. How did you arrive at this?

    We have done some tests and it appears to us that the user’s name is coming from “cn”. It is really difficult to find a definitive document from Microsoft. Appreciate what you are trying to do.

    • I am so sorry – You are correct! The Name field shows the CN of the user. I will fix my post! I think this was an oversight, purely because I had been working on a series of outlook related images.


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