Newbee Help with Strings Please

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  • #61164
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    Alan Scott
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    Good Afternoon All,

    I'm a complete newbee to powershell trying to get information into a string variable.

    The String looks like this.

    $LD = Get-ADUser -Filter {name -eq $SelectUser}|Select-Object -Property DistinguishedName|ft -AutoSize

    What I'm trying to do is to store the output (currently being written to the screen) the the variable $LD

    I know that the command;

    Get-ADUser -Filter {name -eq $SelectUser}|Select-Object -Property DistinguishedName|ft -AutoSize

    returns what I want, but cant seem to get the results into a string/

    But all I get is Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format.FormatStartData Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format.GroupStartData Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format.FormatEntryData Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format.GroupEndData Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Internal.Format.FormatEndData"

    What do I need to do here please?

    I'm a little lost!

    With thanks

  • #61165
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    Don Jones
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    Format-Table does not produce strings, it produces formatting directives, so that's what you've got in $LD. You're thinking Format-Table produces strings because you see text on the screen, but there's stuff going on under the hood that's messing you up :).

    Try piping it to Out-String instead of Format-Table.

    Alternately,

    $LD = Get-ADUser -Filter {name -eq $SelectUser} | Select-Object -ExpandProperty DistinguishedName
    

    Would probably be what you want, without the table header Format-Table produces.

    See also https://devopscollective.gitbooks.io/the-big-book-of-powershell-gotchas/content/manuscript/format-right.html. And, if you'd like to just not ever get plagued by a "gotcha" again, check out "Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, 3rd Edition."

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