LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) files provide a mechanism for importing schema definitions into an instance of Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). You can use LDIF files to transfer objects between Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and AD LDS partitions. You can import one of several Microsoft-supplied LDIF files to create user objects or proxy objects. You can also create LDIF files containing object definitions that are exported from other Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)–compliant directories.

Task Reference

Read about AD LDS instances.

Understanding AD LDS Instances

Read about the AD LDS schema.

Understanding the AD LDS Schema

Read about Ldifde.


Copy the LDIF file that you want to import to the server.


Run Ldifde.

Import Data into an AD LDS Instance