Get-ADUser output format

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    Upon executing "get-aduser -filter * -Server DCName|select sAMAccountName|out-file pathandtextfilename", I get a text file that is double-spaced. How do I prevent this or modify it so that it is single spaced?

    The reason I need to do this is that I need to create an ArrayList [System.Collections.ArrayList] from this text file. Using the Remove method, I plan on taking away users from this ArrayList. The ones being removed are those contained in another text representing inactive users (generated by "Search-ADAccount -AccountInactive -UsersOnly -Timespan "120"|Export-CSV pathandname". I then take the CSV and cut-and-past from the sAMAccountName column to create a text file (for input into an array) representing the inactive users. I then execute the following to remove all the inactive users from the active users list:

    foreach ($item in $inactiveusers) {
    $activeusers.Remove($item) }

    I am doing what is rather circuitous way of getting what are the active users but it seems that Search-ADAccount and Get-ADUser do not yield the information I am looking for. I was thinking of using the directorysearcher next to filter out users based upon lastlogontimestamp (which is a property that seems absent from Search-ADAccount or get-aduser). Beside helping me with removing the double spaces called for above, any other ideas as to improve my approach would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.

  • #17327


    One possible workaround is to do what I did with Search-ADAccount by exporting to CSV. I could export the get-aduser to CSV and then cutandpaste the samaccountname column to create my clean text file for input into the arraylist. Again, any other guidance would be helpful.

  • #17328

    Sam Boutros

    XML is more suited to saving and handling complex data types.
    Try using Export-Clixml instead of Out-File at the end of the pipeline.
    It should be much easier to save and retrieve objects as opposed to plain text or CSV files..

    Hope that helps

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