What is the best way to use nintex to connect to active directory and pull information from active directory into a custom SharePoint list
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So you could use two different approaches. For using the Query LDAP action you need to write queries to get back your desired info. See here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996205(v=exchg.65).aspx#BasicLDAPSyntax This may be difficult if you aren't familiar with this sort of technical detail, as your query will differ depending on what you want to get back.
Or you can use the Query User Profile action which is much more user friendly, but requires User Profile Services to be setup and running in your SP environment. It will let you retrieve details about a user such as manager, department, etc.. depending on what you ahve setup. You may need the assistance of an admin if you aren't familiar with what I'm talking about here.