PowerShellActiveDirectory module


This topic will introduce you to some of the basic cmdlets used within the Active Directory Module for PowerShell, for manipulating Users, Groups, Computers and Objects.


Please remember that PowerShell's Help System is one of the best resources you can possibly utilize.

Get-Help Get-ADUser -Full
Get-Help Get-ADGroup -Full
Get-Help Get-ADComputer -Full
Get-Help Get-ADObject -Full

All of the help documentation will provide examples, syntax and parameter help.


#Add the ActiveDirectory Module to current PowerShell Session
Import-Module ActiveDirectory 


Retrieve Active Directory User

Get-ADUser -Identity JohnSmith

Retrieve All Properties Associated with User

Get-ADUser -Identity JohnSmith -Properties *

Retrieve Selected Properties for User

Get-ADUser -Identity JohnSmith -Properties * | Select-Object -Property sAMAccountName, Name, Mail

New AD User

New-ADUser -Name "MarySmith" -GivenName "Mary" -Surname "Smith" -DisplayName "MarySmith" -Path "CN=Users,DC=Domain,DC=Local"


Retrieve Active Directory Group

Get-ADGroup -Identity "My-First-Group" #Ensure if group name has space quotes are used

Retrieve All Properties Associated with Group

Get-ADGroup -Identity "My-First-Group" -Properties *

Retrieve All Members of a Group

Get-ADGroupMember -Identity "My-First-Group" | Select-Object -Property sAMAccountName
Get-ADgroup "MY-First-Group" -Properties Members | Select -ExpandProperty Members

Add AD User to an AD Group

Add-ADGroupMember -Identity "My-First-Group" -Members "JohnSmith"

New AD Group

New-ADGroup -GroupScope Universal -Name "My-Second-Group"


Retrieve AD Computer

Get-ADComputer -Identity "JohnLaptop"

Retrieve All Properties Associated with Computer

Get-ADComputer -Identity "JohnLaptop" -Properties *

Retrieve Select Properties of Computer

Get-ADComputer -Identity "JohnLaptop" -Properties * | Select-Object -Property Name, Enabled


Retrieve an Active Directory Object

#Identity can be ObjectGUID, Distinguished Name or many more
Get-ADObject -Identity "ObjectGUID07898" 

Move an Active Directory Object

Move-ADObject -Identity "CN=JohnSmith,OU=Users,DC=Domain,DC=Local" -TargetPath "OU=SuperUser,DC=Domain,DC=Local"

Modify an Active Directory Object

Set-ADObject -Identity "CN=My-First-Group,OU=Groups,DC=Domain,DC=local" -Description "This is My First Object Modification"