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November 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Hi. I am trying to create a Powershell script to run and create the following:
*Active directory Account including Name, Display Name, Description, Office, and Email under the General Tab.
*Under the Account tab, User logon name.
*Under Profile tab, the path and logon script; and the home folder (Connect to a specific path)
*Organization tab: Job title, Department, Company.

Is this possible? And can we add the member of groups to the script?

Thanks.

November 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

This should be very straightforward with a call to New-ADuser. Take a look at

get-help new-aduser -online

What type of of email system are you running?

November 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Exchange 2010. Please be aware that I am a beginner at PowerShell.

November 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Hey Matt,

Definitely very possible. Remote Server Administration Tools installed (with Active Directory module for Windows Powershell enabled) will provide Active Directory cmdlets designed to do AD administrative tasks, such as your requested items. Take a look at New-ADUser, Set-ADUser and Add-ADGroupMember.

There are also some 3rd party AD management tools from Quest (now Dell) that can be used as well. Most of the commandlets are the same (Get-ADUser is Get-QADUser), but these commands require less work for certain tasks, especially in auditing

There is a LOT of examples of using these tools, so give them a try (preferably in a test environment) and let us know if you have any questions.

November 6, 2015 at 12:24 am

For the below you need to download the questad software – http://ss64.com/ps/quest.html

first line adds the Quest module to your PS window / Session

Add-PSSnapin Quest.ActiveRoles.ADManagement
Get-QADUser -searchroot "OU=Users,DC=global,DC=domain,DC=com" -SizeLimit 0 -Enabled -includedProperties * | select-object name, office,parentcontainer,description,email,userprincipalname,department,title,company,homedirectory | Out-GridView | out-file c:\results.csv

this outputs to a gridview & saves a csv, replace the -searchroot "OU=.........OU=....." with your own OU structure you want to search or simply delete -searchroot "....." to search all

November 6, 2015 at 1:12 am

If we are talking software, you can have a look at Adaxes: https://www.petri.com/softerra-adaxes-review-active-directory-management-automation-solution

It allows you to automate the CSV import or create custom web forms for input of user data via AD web interface. Basically it makes user creation a single button action that is easy to setup and maintain.

November 6, 2015 at 1:25 am

sorry bad wording by myself, QuestAd is a PS module.

but on the software front for AD reporting i use – http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/ADReportingTool/Info.html