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Display Active Directory Users via command line

Displaying user accounts is quite straight forward using a graphical interface in active directory.

What if you need to dot it via command line? How to display AD users via command line?

I haven't try this on a server core Active Directory server but this command should work I presume.

To display all active directory users in a particular domain type this command line:

wmic useraccount list brief

BRIEF option will have display these items:

  - AccountType, Caption, Domain, SID, FullName, Name

The command should be run with the user account with domain admin rights.

To export the output to text file or csv file,type:

wmic useraccount list brief > d:\my_domain_users.csv

If you just need to search for a single user then just pipe the output with the find command, example:

wmic useraccount list brief | find "D_Scavenger"

If you want to search for users or usernames that has letters "Jo" on their acccounts then use wildcard, see example below:

wmic useraccount list brief | findstr Jo*

If you need to search for user accounts that their name or surname begins with "C", type this command:

wmic useraccount list brief | findstr ^C

These commands will come handy if you are in a server core environment, or if you're a command line junkie or simply you just love the good old handy batch file way of doing scripting.

Of course there’s a lot of ways on doing this, using Powershell, dsquery command and some other methods. The choice is always yours, whatever command that pops up from your memory and that would be the good choice.

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Cheers..Hope it helps.. Till next time..


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