Importing Directory Objects to Active Directory

This example uses DSDE to import employee data to the Active Directory.

The following example runs from a command line. To open a command prompt window, click Start on the taskbar and then click Command Prompt.

C:\Documents and Settings\MyUserName> cd \program files\microsoft\dsde
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\DSDE> dsde /mode import 
                                      /input employees.xml
                                      /protocol LDAP 
Note  For clarity, the command line is shown divided into several lines. Normally, it would be entered all on one line.

The command line options used in this example perform the following functions:

  • The /mode import option causes DSDE to operate in import mode. This adds or modifies objects in the directory.
  • The /input option specifies the file name to be used as the input file, which must be a valid DSML V2 document. The import mode always requires that the /input option be specified.
  • The /server option specifies the name of the directory server to connect to.
  • The /protocol option specifies the protocol that DSDE uses to communicate with the server. LDAP is used in this example.
  • The /resume option allows DSDE to continue operation even if an error occurs in processing the input file commands.

    Note  In the case of catastrophic errors, such as network outages or server malfunctions, DSDE cannot honor the /resume request.