How to use AD Object Search for SharePoint administrators

This document provides how to add/remove Active Directory group for administrative access in SharePoint site.

Intended Audience

SharePoint site administrators only. Instructions are for Windows and Mac users. 
**Note: Instructions for Windows and Mac platforms are identical once the Active Directory application is open.


  1.  Must be Admin for SharePoint site.
  2. AD Search (Windows) or Microsoft Remote Desktop (Mac) tools enabled on staff computer

How-To Steps (Windows and Mac)

Below are steps on how to add/remove a user in department SharePoint site.
**Note: Images are intended as examples only and may differ from what you see when actually in Active Directory.  Please follow the written instructions for  more detailed information.

Windows Users:

  1. AD Search can be installed in Software Center
  2. Navigate to Windows Start Menu, type "AD Search" in the search box and open it
  3. Search your SharePoint group in AD Search
  4. a

Mac Users:

  • Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop application on your Mac. (Finder > Applications) You will be presented with the window shown below.
  • Click on the "Remote Resources" Button at the top of the window. This will open the authentication window:


Microsoft Remote Desktop (No RDS apps)Editing RDS


  • Fill out the fields as referenced below, then Click the Refresh button:
    • URL:
    • User name: <your ePantherID>
    • Password: <your ePantherID password>
  • Double Click "Active Directory of Users and Computers" to launch the App

Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDS added) 


All Users:

  1. Navigate to your department, open to make modification
  2. Select the group that you want to add/remove user. Double click
  3. Inside the pop-up, select "Members" tab

Add Member

  1. ​To add member, click "Add". In the pop up, enter user ePantherID into the box, click "Check Names" ​aa
  2. Click "OK", then click "Apply"

Remove Member

  1. To remove member, select the member you want to remove. Click "Remove"
  2. Click "YES"
  3. Click "Apply"


Side note: This add/remove will take about 1 - 2 hours to be effective.


Keywords:add, sharepoint, add user, add user to add, remove ad user, remove, update, sharepoint add, sharepoint remove, active directory, search, tool, AD   Doc ID:68528
Owner:Christopher C.Group:UW-Milwaukee Student Affairs IT
Created:2016-11-09 13:00 CDTUpdated:2018-05-02 14:56 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Student Affairs IT
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