How to generate and export Active Directory (AD) user reports that contain the display names of their managers

The following is a comparison between the steps required for generating a report on AD users along with the display names of their managers with the Get-ADUser cmdlet of Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to obtain a report on specific AD users along with the display names of their managers 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:

import-module activedirectory Get-ADUser -Filter * -Properties *| Select name, @{n='Manager';e={(Get-ADUser $_.manager).name}} | export-csv "c:\export.csv" -NoTypeInformation
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ADManager Plus

To obtain the report:

  • Select the All Users report in the User Reports section.
  • Select the Domain and OU and Generate the report.
  • Add Manager as an additional property of the users in the reports using the Add/Remove columns option. Use the Export As option to export the report in any of the desired format-CSV, PDF, XLSX, HTML and CSVDE.


Screenshot of ADManager Plus listing all the users along with their managers display names
Screenshot of ADManager Plus with Add/remove columns(attributes) option in All users report

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In Active Directory (AD), users and their managers can be retrieved using the Get-ADUser cmdlet. Using the Get-ADUser cmdlet to retrieve all the managers and their display names in a designated domain 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.
  • 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, Google Workspace, 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 200 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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