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The idea behind SimpleADAdmin was to provide a single function to do your most common administrative tasks. When managing users on a day to day basis what do we do? Reset passwords, unlock accounts, add and remove from groups and do some forensics about why they locked out in the first place. All of this can be done from Get-SAUser. A new addition is Get-SAGroup which allows you to do similar things with Active Directory groups (see below).

Current functions available in SimpleADAdmin

Function Description Global Variable
Get-SAUser Manipulate user objects $SAUser
Get-SAGroup Manipulate groups $SAGroup
Get-SADomain Display domain information, including detailed site information None
Get-SADomainController Discover domain controllers, and their roles None


Get-SAUser creates a global variable called $SAUser, and this is where all the magic happens. After running Get-SAUser, it will display some basic details about the user (and a better default set then what Get-ADUser gives you) and populate the $SAUser variable. There is a lot more data in $SAUser then the default view, but I wanted to keep it simple. You use methods assigned to $SAUser to make changes (see below).

Blog post about Get-SAUser.

Populate $SAUser

All $SAUser properties


              Usage: $SAUser.AddGroup("NameOfGroup")
        Description: Add the user to a group.
           Overload: You can add the name of a group in the overload and the function     					   will find all groups that match that name pattern and let you 
                     select which group or groups you want to add.  If you give an 
                     exact match it will just add it without prompting.

              Usage: $SAUser.FindLockedout()
        Description: Will go to the PDC emulator and look for event ID 4740 (lockout)
                     in the Security Event Log. 
           Overload: None

              Usage: $SAUser.GetGroups()
        Description: The "MemberOf" field will always show what groups the user is in,
                     but it's the FQDN.  Use the GetGroups() method to see just their
           Overload: You can add an overload to filter the result:

              Usage: $SAUser.GetLastLogon()
        Description: Will go out to all domain controllers in your domain and locate 
                     the latest logon for the user.
           Overload: None

              Usage: $SAUser.RemoveGroup("NameOfGroup")
        Description: Remove the user from the specified group. 
           Overload: Name of the group, or closest match.  If you specify the exact name,
                     or the filter data you provide only has one match thenthe user will
                     be removed from the group without prompt.  If there are more then
                     one match you will be asked to select the group or groups you want
                     to remove.

              Usage: $SAUser.ResetPassword()
        Description: Method will then prompt for new password
           Overload: None

              Usage: $SAUser.Unlock()
        Description: Will unlock the user account
           Overload: None

Example of using a method


Get-SAGroup works just like Get-SAUser, only focused on groups. A global variable call $SAGroup is created, which also features a number of methods for working with the group.


              Usage: $SAUser.GetMembers()
        Description: Shows every user and group who is a member of the group.
           Overload: None

              Usage: $SAUser.GetMembersRecursive()
        Description: Shows every user who is a member of the group, even if they are 
                     part of a group that's assigned to this one. 
           Overload: None

              Usage: $SAUser.AddMember(SamAccountName)
        Description: Add the designated user to the group
           Overload: SamAccountName for the user you want to add

              Usage: $SAUser.RemoveMember(SamAccountName)
        Description: Remove the designated user to the group
           Overload: SamAccountName for the user you want to remove

Dynamic Updates

One of the unique capabilities of both $SAUser and $SAGroup is the fact that all the properties in them will dynamically update every time you display the variable. You'll be able to monitor your changes in real time.

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