How to unlock an AD account using PowerShell scripts

Most administrators use PowerShell commands to unlock all AD user accounts in their environment. However, the same operation of unlocking the locked AD accounts is much easier when done with ADManager Plus. The following is a comparison of the same operation 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 to unlock AD user accounts

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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Following are the limitations to unlock Active Directory user accounts using Windows PowerShell commands:

  • 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

ADManager Plus can help you unlock AD users in bulk with just a CSV file in a simple and intuitively designed UI.

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