Stop users from seeing other users in AD (AADDC Users OU)

JMH 1 Reputation point

All users synced from Azure AD to AADDS go in a single OU: AADDC Users

I don't want users in this OU to be able to browse/list/find other users in this OU. What is the best way to do this without breaking anything else?


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  1. AmanpreetSingh-MSFT 56,441 Reputation points

    @JMH By default all domain users have read permission on Active Directory objects. Which means, any user can install RSAT tool and browse/list/find other objects. You can move the users to a separate OU and deny read permission on the AADDC Users OU but that can lead to some problems if those users have any link to a user/group in the users container. E.g. if the user has a manager attribute configured with a user account which is in AADDC Users OU or user is a member of a group present in AADDC Users OU. This is not a very common requirement and if it has to be done, it would require a lot of planning and testing.


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  2. JMH 1 Reputation point

    A couple of issues here:

    • I can't move users out of AADDC as I am syncing these users from Azure AD for use of Windows Virtual Desktop, and this is the only OU they can sync to
    • Permissions can't be edited on the AADDC OU (as far as I know)

    The main issue I am having is that a 3rd party app is able to browse AD, and I don't want the users to use this functionality and see other (confidential) users in the OU . I don't think there is much that can be done in AD or Group Policy due to the restrictions with AADDC OU, at least from what I have seen so far. So it may just be that we need the 3rd party app updated, so that users cannot browse AD there.

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  3. Rexists 1 Reputation point

    Hi, did you find an answer to your original question?

  4. Art Castellanos 1 Reputation point

    I'm not sure if this exactly what you are asking to do but take a look at this article from TechNet


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