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How to get file creation date using PowerShell?

This article compares the ways of getting the file creation date using PowerShell and ADAudit Plus, a real-time Active Directory (AD) auditing solution.

While you need to execute the command dir /T:C filename in PowerShell that displays the creation date of a specific file, ADAudit Plus gets this information in the form of intuitive report with just a few clicks.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to get file creation date:

  • Using the dir command we can find creation date of a file.
    dir /T:C filename
  • With different filters, we can get the output we need. Such as:

    • Restrict the output to specific file types using wildcards.
      dir /T:C  *.pdf
    • To print file creation date and time only for files(not directories)
      dir /A:-D /T:C
    • To print the files in the order of creation date & time.
      dir /A:-D /T:C /O:D

ADAudit Plus

  • Log in to the ADAudit Plus web console.
  • Under File Audit tab > File Audit Reports > Files Created.
  • Select the Period (between 1 hour and 23 hours) A custom period can also be defined and saved for easy reference.
  • The list of all files created for the selected time period is displayed in the form of intuitive graphical dashboard.
  • Clicking on an event in the bar graph, filters the report and displays the information on the selected event.
  • Quick search option can be used for precise filtering.
  • ADAudit Plus updates it's data at the scheduled time mentioned for every domain.

Why ADAudit Plus is the better solution for you?

  • Comprehensive dashboard so you can compare and correlate reports.
  • ADAudit Plus allows you to easily export reports in the desired format with just a single click.
  • ADAudit Plus generates reports in an easy to read format.
  • Multiple filters to help retrieve the necessary information from an extensive database.
  • Avoid complex PowerShell-scripting, and simplify AD change auditing with ADAudit Plus.
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