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June 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Hello, all. This is probably not worth asking, but it's more out of curiosity than anything. I'm running a very simple script to output users in a group. Obviously I can dump it to Excel and sort it very easily, but is there a way to sort it if I output to the screen?

Get-ADGroupMember -Identity group_name | select-object samaccountname

I apologize in advance if this is a ridiculous question I should be able to figure out on my own.

Loving this site!


June 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

That's what the Sort-Object cmdlet does. For example:

Get-ADGroupMember -Identity group_name |
Select-Object -Property SamAccountName |
Sort-Object -Property SamAccountName

June 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm

I feel really dumb asking that now that I see how easy it was.

Thank you, Dave.

June 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm

No worries! 🙂 The *-Object commands are generally very useful. They give you a sort of query language that you can use on anything:


With those 5 commands, you can do some really powerful stuff. 🙂

June 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Sweet! That's rocking stuff.

Thanks, Dave!

June 2, 2016 at 7:41 pm

You can also pipe it to GridView, its a nice tool worth trying.

Get-ADGroupMember -Identity group_name | select-object samaccountname | Out-GridView

June 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

As a way of teaching you to fish ;), I'd have done:

help *sort*


Get-Command *sort*

To discover Sort-Object.

June 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

I appreciate all the feedback, everyone. I'm learning by leaps and bounds!

Thank you.

June 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for teaching us to fish... it's obvious, but in the heat of things it's sometimes easy to forget the simple way to find something.