Directory Search

Turn your Active Directory in to a company phone book



You have made an investment to keep your Active Directory up-to-date. Allow your user community to leverage that investment. Directory Search is a standalone Web application that you can provide for your users that will allow them to use the Active Directory as a web-based phone book or company white pages. This simple application is licensed one time for an entire Active Directory forest and is customized in much the same way that Directory Update and Directory Manager are customized.

Your users can search for someone in your Active Directory using most any search criteria that you wish to provide. The information about the user is visible in the tabs below the search results window or the user can double-click on someone in the search results and see more details.

Both the search interface and the fields displayed are configurable by the administrator. Directory Search can also display the photos (if stored in the Active Directory) that are used by Outlook 2010/2013 and Microsoft Lync.


Directory Search is a Web-based application that is based on the search interface in our Directory Manager application. Search criteria for searching the Active Directory including display name, user name, manager, department, title, e-mail address, company, office, employee ID, phone number, and even the extension attributes. Not all search criteria are displayed by default, but are configurable by the administrator.

If enabled, the user can then export their search results to a spreadsheet or they can click on the Edit My Info button and be re-directed to the Directory Update application (purchased separately) so they can update their own Active Directory information. If you choose to enable this feature, Directory Search will allow you to export your search results to a spreadsheet. The administrator specifies which fields can be exported.

By default, anonymous logon access is enabled for Directory Search, but the installer can configure Directory Search to use forms-based authentication or Integrated Windows Authentication. The installer can also configure which fields are visible on the user information form and which columns/fields are shown in the search listing.

Features include:

  • Customizable search interface. You specify the attributes that you want to allow the user to search and view.

  • Option to export search results to a CSV or XLS file; this can be hidden

  • Edit My Info button provides a link so that the user can link to Directory Update (if installed)

  • Configurable OU filter and other filters so you can display only the users from your directory that you want your users to see.

  • Most of the interface is localizable so that you can customize to your local language or dialect.

Version History and Product Updates

Directory Search was originally based on the search interface that was originally developed for Directory Manager. Our intention was to give our customers a low cost, easy to use search interface for Active Directory.

Directory Search v3.2

  • Contains all cumulative updates and compatibility updates.

  • Updates Telerik AJAX controls to address potential security issue.

  • Disables specific Telerik libraries affected by potential Telerik security vulnerability in web.config file.

  • Use Directory Search v3.1 license key and all XML files.

Directory Search v3.1

  • Windows Server 2016 compatibility

  • Search by OU (organizational unit) feature allows administrators to specify a list of OUs and a friendly name for each. When a user selects an OU, only the users and contacts in that OU (and all sub OUs) are displayed.

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes, browser compatibility fixes, and improved error detection.

Versions Changes / Bug Fixes
3.1.6 Updated the Telerik assemblies to R1 2020 (2020.1.114) version to mitigate a security vulnerability.
3.1.5 Changed the installer file from .MSI to .EXE and updated the package to require elevated privileges to install and to be a per-machine installation.
3.1.4 Modified the installer to digitally sign the Configuration.exe and MSI.
  • Fixed issue when enable form authentication and hide domain drop-down list. Also fixed the LogOff button.
  • Fixed the configuration wizard to catch error when testing service account but username or password is invalid.
  • Fixed the installer to throw actual error
  • 3.1.2 Fixed issue when service account's password has been changed.
    3.1.1 Fixed PDF export. Change default page orientation for the PDF file to landscape by adding PageWidth="297mm” and PageHeight=“210mm”.

    Directory Search v3.0

    • Completely redesigned user interface; it is both fairly but also refreshed and updated.

    • Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2012 R2 support. Windows 2008 x64 / Windows 2008 R2 support. Contact support about x86 support.

    Directory Search v2.0

    • Updated to new installer technology (Wix) that better automates the installation process. Dedicated application pool now created and assigned. Folder permissions for NetworkService now automatically assigned.

    • Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2012 R2 support. Windows 2008 x64 / Windows 2008 R2 support. Contact support about x86 support.

    • Code update so that .NET Framework v4.0 is used rather than v2.0 Framework. Updated AJAX controls.

    • Browsers supported: IE 8, 9, 10, 11. Firefox 19.x and later. Chrome 15.x and later. Note, IE must *not* be in IE 7 compatibility mode.

    • Added custom LDAP search filter option that can be used either for inclusion or exclusion filtering.

    • Minor bug fixes including fixing how photos are displayed when they are larger than 128x128.

    • Extended evaluation period to 21 days.

    Directory Search v1.8

    • Fixed search result issue after an invalid search is issued

    • Addresses issue with telephone numbers having spaces stripped out.

    • Upgraded RAD controls for better compatibility with IE 10 patches and newer releases of Firefox and Chrome.

    Directory Search v1.7

    • Updated screen display for telephone numbers to allow phone numbers to be better recognized by Microsoft Lync and Skype clients

    • Custom LDAP filter feature allows administrator to specify their own LDAP filter via AppSettings.XML file. This filter allows the initial search criteria to include or exclude specific users. Once the filter is in place, it cannot be overridden via the search interface.

    • Updates in screen and controls for compatibility with Internet Explorer 9/10 and Firefox 19.x.

    • Changed how default search results are returned so that they are more representative of users in Active Directory.

    Directory Search v1.6

    • Updates in screen and controls for compatibility with Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 6.x

    Last Review: 16 January 2021