[Samba] AD member server - getting a user's name (GECOS)

Hoover, Tony hoover at sal.ksu.edu
Thu Nov 4 14:36:14 MDT 2010

I'll bet a simple LDAP query will retrieve the data you are looking for.

Tony Hoover, Network Administrator
KSU - Salina, College of Technology and Aviation
(785) 826-2660

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On Behalf Of Robert M. Martel - CSU
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 3:31 PM
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Subject: [Samba] AD member server - getting a user's name (GECOS)


My odd question for the week - I've been unable to figure out if/how to do
this.  Given an Active Directory user ID, is there a way to get the user's
real name?

During testing of our Samba AD member servers I have seen user's given names
appearing in the log files - is there a way that I can pull that for my own
use?  Our site uses loginIDs for users that give no clue as to their
identity, it would be nice to turn those IDs into the user's actual name so
I know who is doing what.

I've been playing with wbinfo which seemed like a good place to start, but
no joy there.

I'm looking for GECOS info, not the user's UID or GID.


Robert M. Martel                    Pushing myself and this old machine
System Administrator                Burning fumes
Levin College of Urban Affairs      and what's left of my dreams
Cleveland State University
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r.martel at csuohio.edu
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