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PowerShell as an AD group management tool

Group management can be quite a challenge for Active Directory (AD) administrators day in, day out. Many administrators use Microsoft's PowerShell technology to perform basic AD user management tasks. Below are some key PowerShell scripts and commands for working with AD groups. Further below, you'll find a tool that makes AD user management even easier by helping you carryout those AD tasks in a cinch with an intuitive, unified web-console.

Creating a group

New-ADGroup -Name test -GroupScope 1 -GroupCategory 1

Adding users to a group

Add-ADGroupMember -Identity "DomainGuest" -Members testUser

Setting group membership

Add-ADGroupMember -Identity "DomainGuest" -Members testUser

Modifying group membership

Remove-ADGroupMember -Identity "DomainGuest1" -Members testUser Add-ADGroupMember -Identity "DomainGuest2" -Members testUser

Creating groups in bulk

Import-CsvC:\Users\administrator.AUTOMATION\Desktop\Sample.csv | foreach {New-ADGroup-Name $_.sAMAccountName -GroupScope$_.GroupScope -GroupCategory $_.GroupCategory}

Creating security groups in bulk

Import-CsvC:\Users\administrator.AUTOMATION\Desktop\Sample.csv | foreach {New-ADGroup-Name $_.sAMAccountName -GroupScope$_.GroupScope -GroupCategory $_.1}

The ADManager Plus way

In organizations, it's a rarity that we come across such simple straightforward scenarios like the ones listed above. Real-life use cases involve a multitude of things. Often, administrators need to program extensively in PowerShell, research syntax, and iterate multiple times for correctness; all these tasks can turn into a nightmare for administrators. PowerShell sure is empowering, but at what cost? Often, the cost of extensive scripting is prolonged work hours.

Here's how you can save yourself from the burden and monotony of creating, testing and executing unending lines of PowerShell scripts to create and manage AD groups.

A strategically designed Active Directory group helps simplify administration and achieve maximum flexibility. However, configuring groups and assigning various group attributes is a complex procedure that involves numerous steps when using PowerShell. Managing groups is a daunting task for even an expert PowerShell programmer. ADManager Plus simplifies group management by streamlining individual AD tasks with a centralized web console. The very idea of it gets you excited, doesn't it?

ADManager Plus has an exclusive feature dedicated to group management that simplifies creating and managing security and distribution groups in Active Directory. You can add or remove multiple group members, define various attributes (including Exchange attributes), and bulk import users from a CSV file all at once.

Use ADManager Plus's Active Directory group management feature to:

Create groups with group creation templates

Employ customizable group creation templates to refine the process of creating groups as per the policies and needs of your organization. Creating security and distribution groups is simple with ADManager Plus; simply import a CSV file, select members from the list, and create your new group. Define group Exchange properties right when you create the group.

Modify group attributes of bulk users

Unlike in native Active Directory where you can only modify attributes for one member at a time, ADManager Plus allows admins to modify group attributes of bulk users simultaneously. Group operations, like adding and removing members and setting primary groups, can be performed on group objects. Admins can choose members from a list or import a CSV file to quickly modify their attributes.

Configuring Exchange attributes of groups

You can configure the Exchange properties for groups while creating or modifying them. This allows you to set email addresses, mail aliases, delivery restrictions, and other Exchange attributes in the Active Directory. Handling Exchange attributes through one application without having to toggle between multiple consoles is a huge bonus for administrators.

Thus ADManager Plus rightly fills the void left behind by PowerShell.

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