Use the select_role command to retrieve a role in the currently selected zone from Active Directory. This command stores the role in memory, and makes it the currently selected role for subsequent ADEdit commands. The role remains selected until you select another role or zone, delete the role, or end the ADEdit session.

If you use ADEdit commands such as set_role_field to change settings for the selected role, you must save the selected role using the save_role command for your changes to take effect in Active Directory. If you select another role or end the ADEdit session before saving the currently selected role, your changes will be lost.

You can only use the select_role command to select roles if the currently selected zone is a classic4 or hierarchical zone. The command does not work for other types of zones.

Zone type

Classic and hierarchical


select_role role




This command takes no options.


This command takes the following arguments:

Argument Type Description



Required. Specifies the name of the role to select.

Return value

This command returns nothing if it runs successfully.


select_role servicerep

This example retrieves the role definition named servicerep in the current zone and makes it as the currently selected role.

Related commands

Before you use this command, you must have a currently selected zone stored in memory. The following commands enable you to view and select a role:

  • get_roles returns a Tcl list of roles in the current zone.
  • list_roles lists to stdout the roles in the current zone.
  • new_role creates a new role and stores it in memory.

After you have a role stored in memory, you can use the following commands to work with that role: