How to generate group members report in Active Directory using PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to view and export group members report with PowerShell scripts in Active Directory (AD) and how you can get it done easily with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

  • Identify the domain for which the group members report is to be obtained.
  • Create and compile the script for obtaining group members report. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for obtaining the report on members of an AD group:
PS C:\> Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADGroupMember -Identity "DemoGroup001" -Recursive
export-csv -path C:\Scripts\GroupMembers.csv
Click to copy entire script

ADManager Plus

To obtain the report,

  • Navigate to Reports > Group Reports >Group Members .
  • Select the Domain and the Group for which you wish to view the list of members for. Then click Generate. You can even export the reports as CSV, PDF, XLSX or HTML.


Export a report containing members of a specific Active Directory group using ADManager Plus

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Although generating group reports with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations:

  • PowerShell script can be run only from the computers which have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed in them.
  • The script has to be rewritten if report has to be generated for a different group.
  • The syntax, parameters and iterations need to be correct. A typo or incorrect syntax might be difficult to spot and rectify, especially when the script is a long one.

ADManager Plus helps you get the same information from its web based GUI console through pre-defined reports that list members of an AD group. Further, you can also perform management actions such as modification, moving users to different groups, etc right from the reports.It also gives you the optionto schedule reports and automatically emailing them to stakeholders. Learn more about it here.

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