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List online computers in an OU via PowerShell

Using Get-ADComputer cmdlet and some filtering options, getting the list of online computers is quite straight forward using the one liner command below.

Code below will get all online computers with "MKT" on their computer name, computers that are enabled in Active Directory and using an XP operating system.

Once a match is found PowerShell will send a ping and if the connection is successful, the computer name will be displayed as the output of the script.

Get-ADComputer -Filter {(Name -like "*MKT*") -and  (OperatingSystem -like "*XP*") -and (Enabled -eq $True)} -Properties * -SearchBase "CN=Computers,DC=GOLDEN_DOMAIN,DC=local" | Where-Object { Test-Connection $_.Name -Count 1 -Quiet } | Select -ExpandProperty Name

The -SearchBase option provides the parameter to search for the computers. Change this option as necessary.

To get all the properties of an specific AD computer use the code below:

Get-ADComputer -LDAPfilter "(name=*SG048*)" -SearchBase "CN=Computers,DC=GOLDEN_DOMAIN,DC=local" -Properties *

From the output of the properties you can select which parameter can be used to filter and search for particular string, such as IP Address, Certificates, HomePage, Location and other parameters that is part of the properties output.


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