Getting Members of an Active Directory Group

Over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself wanting to know which users are members of a particular Active Directory (AD) group. There are lots of reasons you might want to do this, but for me, the main one is that I sometimes need to know who has access to an application or resource (which is controlled by that group’s membership list). With that, I can let them know about outages, find out if other users are experiencing a problem with it or just be nosey :-) In Powershell, this is really easy. One way is like this, using the [Get-ADGroupMember]( command:

Get-ADGroupMember -identity "group-name-to-search-for" | select name

This will return results similar to the following:


Another way is using the [net group]( command:

NET GROUP "group-name-to-search-for" /DOMAIN

which returns results in a more columnar fashion:

SMoon JBloggs JBieber DCameron

Need the results saved into a text file? That’s no problem, either. Just append the following onto the end of the command:

| Export-csv -path c:\Temp\output.csv -NoTypeInformation

That line (|) in the example above is the pipe symbol. On my keyboard, I find it next to the “z” key and access it by pressing shift. Just for clarity, here’s the Get-ADGroupMember command again using it.

Get-ADGroupMember -identity "group-name-to-search-for" | select name | Export-csv -path c:\Temp\output.csv -NoTypeInformation

So, now you know!

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