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How to find Active Directory users with Get-ADUser search filter

31 December,2020 by Tom Collins

Question: How can I find a list of Active Directory users with a specific search filter on the name column using Powershell?   In this case I want to find all Active Directory users in the default OU group with a search string.

Answer: Assuming you are in the current Domain group \ OU group , find below an example of the Powershell cmdlet Get-ADUser which will filter on the search string "dba". In this example seaech - the GetADUser cmdlet iterates through the user list looking for any user with the string "dba" in any part of the name.    

Get-ADUser -Filter "name -like '*dba*'" -Properties * | select name

if you need to execute the Get_ADUser search onto another server - than you'll need to use the -server switch

Get-ADUser -Filter "name -like '*dba*'" -Properties  -server "" | select name


If you would like to search for a group use Find Active Directory groups with Get-ADGroup search filter

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