A number of companies that I work with use the Acctinfo.dll to provide additional user information when working with Active Directory Users and Computers (DSA.MSC). You can download Acctinfo.dll from the Microsoft web site as part of the Account Lockout and Management Tools package.
What isn’t quite so well known is that an updated version of the tool, Acctinfo2.dll, has been available for some time. There is sadly no download available for it and the only way I know to get hold of it is via Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS). The newer version contains a number of enhancements, such as:
- Ability to view replication metadata. This provides the same information as the repadmin /showmeta <objectDN> command.
- Support for lastLogonTimestamp attribute. The original acctinfo.dll only shows the last logon for a specific Domain Controller.
- The tab now appears as an option when users are returned as a result of a search. This was not the case with acctinfo.dll.
The screenshot below shows the acctinfo2.dll in action.
I was pleased to see from Kurt Roggen’s Blog that Acctinfo.dll still works with Vista SP1 and RSAT. Based on this, I thought I would try to get Acctinfo2.dll working on Vista SP1 and RSAT. Unfortunately, I currently only have a 64-bit version of Vista in my VMWare lab environment and it doesn’t work on this platform. The dll fails to register with the following error:
“The module “c:\windows\acctinfo2.dll” was loaded but the call to DllRegisterServer failed with error code 0x80070002.”
I’ve since had it confirmed from an authoritative source within Microsoft that the tool won’t load on a x64 platform. It seems no further development of the tool is planned, which is a shame given that so may people appear to be using it. ++++ Update: news about a 64-bit version available here ++++
There are a number of different versions of Acctinfo2.dll floating around. If you are planning to request a copy from PSS make sure it is the following (or more recent):
Version 188.8.131.520 (Modified: Thursday, 26 October 2006)