How to Find an IP Address in an Active Directory

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The Active Directory is a Microsoft database that is used in corporate or university settings. The database manages a large group of users, such as employees and students. The Active Directory is installed and managed by a company or the university's server administrator. Server logs and audit files are important parts of the Active Directory. Auditing helps server administrators secure the network. They review the log files and look for unauthorized IP addresses that may have tried to gain access. Each computer user's activity is logged through the computer's IP address.

  • Login to your main Windows server using the administrator username and password.

  • Click on "Start" and select "Administrative Tools", located in the right pane.

  • Click on the "Event Viewer" icon to launch the audit program.

  • Click on the "Security Log" icon, located in the left pane. A list of server logs will display.

  • Right-click on the "Success Audit" log. The log will be marked as "Account Logon" in the category listing. Account Logon keeps track of login attempts and will display instances when a user tried to use the wrong username/password credentials.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the display window until you see "Client Address". This is the user's IP address. An IP address is displayed as a series of numbers, such as "122.222.555.222".

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