What is the Collections View?

The ADHQ Collections View is used for creating and modifying custom lists of Active Directory objects. This is especially useful for managing sets of objects that exist in different OUs. ADHQ Tools can be run on a collection of objects by opening the collection and selecting a tool from the Tools panel of the ribbon.


Collection View Layout



General

The collections view in ADHQ provides an easy way to create and modify sets of Active Directory objects. The interface is divided into three main components, described in detail below.

The Ribbon
The ribbon is positioned across the top of the interface, and has buttons to create new collections, modify the currently open selection, or run ADHQ tools on the currently open collection.

Collection Tree
The Collection Tree is shown on the far left side of the interface. It contains all of ADHQ's pre-defined collections as well as any collections you've created yourself, sorted into folders.

Collection Pane
The Collection pane is shown on the right side of the interface, and is used to modify which objects the collection contains. It displays the type of objects in the collection, a list of locations, and a filter that must be matched in order for an object to be a part of the collection.

The Ribbon



The ribbon in the collection view provides three primary functions:

  1. Switching between collection categories
  2. Running ADHQ tools on the currently open collection
  3. Modifying the collection tree by adding, removing, or editing collections

Like ADHQ Reports and Tools, ADHQ Collections operate on specific object types. Use the buttons in the categories section of the ribbon to switch between collection categories. Once you've chosen a collection category, open a collection by selecting it from the Collection Tree.

You can run ADHQ tools on the currently open collection by using the Tool Menus in the Tools panel of the Ribbon. The Tools panel contains the same Modify, Delete, Move, Other, and Custom Tools buttons that appear on the Home Tab ribbon. Running a tool on a collection will modify every object within the locations grid that matches the filter and object type of the collection.

The remaining buttons on the ribbon are used for modifying collections. The New Collection button creating a new collection of objects. The New Folder button will create a new folder in the Collection Tree to help you organize your collections. The Delete button will remove the selected folder or collection from the Collection Tree. The Make a Copy button will make a copy of the selected collection. The Save button is used to save any modifications to the currently open collection. And lastly, the Preview button is used to verify the contents of the collection by reporting on the objects within the locations list that match the collection filter.

Collection Tree

The Collection Tree displays all collections in the currently selected category. Selecting a collection from this tree will load the collection into the Collection Pane on the right. Collections are sorted within folders. You can create new folders for organizing your collections using the New Folder button in the Collection Editor panel of the ribbon.


Collection Pane

The Collection Pane is used to display the items contained in the collection. The pane is separated into three sections. The top section shows the collection name and a summary of the collection, the middle section shows a list of locations, and the third shows a filter that must be matched in order for an object to be a member of the collection.


The location list is modified with the Select, Remove, and Level buttons. Click Select to add items to the location list. You can select individual objects, or entire Domains/OUs. Click the down arrow on the button and select the Import from file or Set an Import File options to import names from a file rather than specifying them manually. Use the Remove button to delete the selected item(s) from the list, and the Level button to change how the selected item is interpreted by ADHQ. For more help adding locations to a collection, see How can I add items to a collection?

To further control which objects from the listed locations are included in the collection, you can specify a filter using the Filter Conditions grid at the bottom of the page. For help creating a filter, see How do I create a filter? in the FAQs.