How to unlock an AD account using PowerShell scripts

The following is a comparison of unlocking AD accounts with Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus:

Windows PowerShell

Steps to unlock AD account using PowerShell:

  • Identify the domain in which you want to unlock user accounts
  • Identify the LDAP attributes you need modify.
  • Compile the script.
  • Execute it in Windows PowerShell.

Sample Windows PowerShell script

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Unlock-ADAccount -Identity "CN=Scott John,OU=Finance,OU=UserAccounts,DC=ABCCompany,DC=COM"
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ADManager Plus

How to unlock accounts in bulk:

  • Select Unlock Users -> User Management – Management
  • Select the domain and OU.
  • Choose the users you want to unlock or import a CSV file containing the user details and click Apply.

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Unlock an Active Directory account using ADManager Plus

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Following are the limitations to unlock AD users using native tools like Windows PowerShell:

  • We can run this script only from the computers which has Active Directory Domain Services role.
  • With every filter, the script will get longer and complicated.
  • Troubleshooting these scripts requires extensive AD and scripting expertise

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