Windows : How to list all users within an Active Directory Organisational Unit (OU) with PowerShell

By | January 28, 2016

It is fine to list users manually when you have a few, but can be just unthinkable when you have a thousand! Fortunately, PowerShell can make it easy for you. The following command will list all the users (even those who are disabled) with a lot of useful information.

The command to use is :

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "ou=ORGANISATIONAL UNIT NAME,dc=domain,dc=tld"

Example : let’s say we want to query the organisational unit (OU) named “TECH DEPARTMENT” and the domain “”, the command will look like :

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "ou=TECH DEPARTMENT,dc=itechlounge,dc=net"

NOTE : You may add an additional “dc=” statements if you are querying a subdomain (example : would result in “dc=rnd,dc=itehclounge,dc=net).

The command will output a list like :

DistinguishedName : CN=Name\, Last Name,OU=TECH DEPARTMENT,DC=itechlounge,DC=net
Enabled : True
GivenName : LastName
Name : FirstName, LastName
ObjectClass : user
ObjectGUID : 9e4b9e2d-bce5-41f1-803d-dd152d415e0c
SamAccountName : username
SID : S-1-5-21-424064557-304900108-2426736585-1107
Surname : LastName
UserPrincipalName :