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January 21, 2015 at 1:49 am

Hi everybody,

FIrst post in here 🙂

This might seem trivial but I have run out of patience 🙂

I'm trying to set up a simple function in a logon script to check if the current user is a member of an AD group.
I must accomplish that without the ActiveDirectory module as this is not installed where the logon script runs.

I would like to test for nested groups as well.

It has to run under as a normal user with normal permissions.

I know I cannot be the first to want this but I have not been able to find the function.

January 21, 2015 at 2:20 am

Maybe I should say what my problem is 🙂

I have ended up in the same place that Richard Siddaway in this blog post:

Account management – member of

To add to this the code seems to work on a Windows 2012 R2 as an admin.

The code fails on Windows Server 2008 R2 for both normal and admin users as indicated by Richard

January 21, 2015 at 4:01 am

So way back when I was first trying to get in to PowerShell, one of the first things I tried to do was change the logon script from VBS to PowerShell. To handle the group memerbership, at least without recursion the following method seemed to work for us.

$username = $env:USERNAME
$adGroups = ((New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher("(&(objectCategory=User)(samAccountName=$env:USERNAME))")).FindOne()).Properties.memberof | ForEach-Object { ([adsi]"LDAP://$_").cn }

foreach ($group in $adGroups)
	switch ($group)
          "Group Name 1" { Stuff that needs to happen for Group Name 1 }
          "Group Name 2" { Stuff that needs to happen for Group Name 2 }

We eventually just started migrating things to Group Policy Preferences so I never got to see the wide adoption of this script or its effects. At the time, we also still mainly had Server 2003 Domain Controllers.

January 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

Thanks for your reply Raymond, but your solution lacks the need for recursion as you wrote 🙁

I came up with this function to do what I wanted with recursion and all:

Function Test-GroupMembership {
    $Groups = whoami /groups /fo csv | ConvertFrom-Csv | Where-Object {$_.Type -eq "Group"} | ForEach-Object { $_."Group Name"}
    $Groups -contains "$($env:userdomain)\$Group"


Also using GPP a lot, but for more advanced stuff it cannot do enough.