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Squadron – Active Directory Add-in

Posted by Paul on April 26, 2013

In this article we can explore about the Active Directory Add-in of Squadron.

What is Active Directory Add-in?

Active Directory Add-in allows quick lookup of the Active Directory users & groups. For SharePoint installations, Active Directory is the directory service which stores security objects. While working with Permissions, we need to explore the available users & groups in Active Directory. This Add-in helps with the functionality.


Squadron is a Free SharePoint Administration tool available at


Types of Active Directory Groups

I would like to emphasize that we are mainly focusing on 3 types entities in Active Directory.

1. User

2. Security Group

3. Distribution Group

A User is an entity representing an individual user.

A Security Group represents collection of users representing usually a Department. (Vertical)

A Distribution Group will be an email distribution group based on location. (Horizontal)

In SharePoint, we can only assign Permissions to User & Security Group.

Generating Report

After installing Squadron, you can execute it from Start Menu > SharePointCTO > Squadron. On loading the primary screen enter your SharePoint URL in the top text box.


You can see that the Domain name is automatically fetched. If you need to change it you can do so.

Now, click on the Active Directory item from the left pane.


You will get the following screen.


Click on the Execute button to generate the report. The Highlight Disabled option highlights the disabled users/groups in red color.


Saving Report

For saving the report, right click on the Grid & choose from the options:

1. Save as Excel

2. Save as CSV


After saving, you can see the file opened in associated application.


Properties Window

We can also use the Properties Window on the right hand side to explore properties of user/group. Click on the grid item to view the properties in the right hand side.


This completes our Active Directory Add-in information. I hope you like the functionality & beautiful lookNfeel.



In this article we have explored about the Active Directory Add-in of Squadron. I believe this Add-in would be another needy too in the hands of a SharePoint Explorer.


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