List all Active Directory servers using PowerShell Commands

The following is a comparison between obtaining list of servers in AD with Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus:

Windows PowerShell

Steps to obtain list of servers in AD using PowerShell:

  • Identify the domain from which you want to retrieve the report.
  • Identify the LDAP attributes you need to fetch the report.
  • Compile the script.
  • Execute it in Windows PowerShell.
  • The report will be exported in the given format.
  • To obtain the report in a different format, modify the script accordingly to the needs of the user.

Sample PowerShell script:

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Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADComputer -Filter 'operatingsystem -like "*server*" -and enabled -eq "true"' ` -Properties Name,Operatingsystem,OperatingSystemVersion,IPv4Address | Sort-Object -Property Operatingsystem |
Select-Object -Property Name,Operatingsystem,OperatingSystemVersion,IPv4Address
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ADManager Plus

  • Select Reports -> Computer Reports -> OS Based Reports.
  • Select the domain and OU.
  • Select the OS from the list and click Generate.

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List all Servers in Active Directory using ADManager Plus

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Limitations:

  • We can run this script only from the computers which have Active Directory Domain Services role.
  • Adding even minor modifications to the script—such as adding additional attributes to the reports—require it to be modified and executed again, which is time-consuming.
  • For each format type, the script has to be modified accordingly to export in that format, leading to increased LDAP query complexity in the scripts.
  • Troubleshooting the script requires extensive AD and scripting expertise.

ADManager Plus will retrieve details of servers in any CSV, XLSX, PDF, or HTML format from a simple and intuitively designed UI.

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