How to generate a report on Active Directory users having a specific CN

The following is a comparison between the steps required for generating a report on AD users that have a specific CN with the Get-ADUser cmdlet of Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to obtain a list of Active Directory users along with their CN using PowerShell:

  • Choose which domain you want to generate the report for.
  • Select the LDAP filters that you'll use as parameters for generating the report.
  • Within the Properties parameter, specify additional user object properties that should appear in the report.
  • Establish the format in which you want to export the report.
  • Double-check that you've adhered to the appropriate syntax when writing the script.
  • Use Windows PowerShell to compile and execute the script.
  • To generate the report in a different format, or to add additional properties to the reports, modify the script accordingly.

Sample script:

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Get-ADUser -LDAPFilter '(cn=LexieJones)' | Select sAMAccountName, givenName | export-csv -path c:\Scripts\Emptyattrib.csv
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ADManager Plus

Steps to obtain the report:

  • Select the Custom reports feature and click on the New Custom Report option.
  • Add the report to a specific category and select the required Domain, objects and filters.
  • Set object to Users and filter to Common Name Is <any specific name>. Also, select the attributes that you wish to view in the resultant report and save the report.
  • Use Add/Remove columns to add additional properties such as CN of the users in the reports. Use the Export As option to export the report in any of the following formats-CSV, PDF, XLSX or HTML

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Screenshot of ADManager Plus listing all users with in a specific cn
 

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In Active Directory (AD), the Get-ADUser cmdlet performs a domain-wide search of the AD database using filters to retrieve users having a specific CN . However, using Get-ADUser cmdlet to retrieve the users with a specific CN can prove to be a difficult task because:

  • Minute syntax errors or typographical errors can lead to execution failures.
  • Adding even minor details to the report—such as adding additional attributes—require scripts to be modified and executed again, which is time-consuming.
  • Exporting a report in a specific format requires a script to be modified accordingly, which increases the complexity of the script.
  • Troubleshooting these scripts require extensive AD and scripting expertise.
  • These scripts can only be executed on computers that have Active Directory Domain Services role.

Therefore, a better and easier way to generate AD reports is by using ADManager Plus, an Active Directory management and reporting tool. ADManager Plus is a web-based solution for all your AD, Exchange, Skype for Business, G Suite, and Office 365 management needs. It simplifies several routine tasks such as provisioning users, cleaning up dormant accounts, managing NTFS and share permissions, and more. Besides reporting, you can also build a custom workflow structure that will assist you in ticketing and compliance, automate routine AD tasks such as user provisioning and de-provisioning, and more. Download a free trial today to explore all these features.

Highlights of using ADManager Plus to generate AD reports

ADManager Plus simplifies the process of AD reporting by:

  • Providing script-free reporting.
  • Offering over 150 pre-packaged AD reports that cover the most important information about all AD objects.
  • Allowing you to create your own report using the custom reports feature.
  • Letting you automatically generate reports using the report scheduler. You can also choose to email these reports or store them at a specific location.
  • Enabling on-the-fly management tasks to be performed from within those reports. For instance, perform actions like delete, disable, move, etc, on inactive users generated from the inactive users reports.
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