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Get-ADGroup – Manage Active Directory Groups

PowerShell Get-ADGroup cmdlet gets one or more active directory groups or gets multiple ad groups based on search conditions. Get-ADGroup gets a default set of group object property values.

In this article, I will explain how to get active directory group with additional properties or get ad group based on a specified search in PowerShell.

Get-ADGroup Syntax

PowerShell Get-ADGroup active directory cmdlet gets ad group based on identity, filter or ldapfilter

   [-AuthType <ADAuthType>]
   [-Credential <PSCredential>]
   [-Identity] <ADGroup>
   [-Partition <String>]
   [-Properties <String[]>]
   [-Server <String>]

Let’s understand each of the Get-ADGroup key parameters as below

AuthType – It specifies the authentication method to use. AuthType parameter accepts either Basic (or 1) or Negotiate (or 0). It has negotiate as the default authentication method.

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) connection is required to use the Basic Authentication method.

Credential PSCredential – It specifies user credentials required to perform a Get-ADGroup search for the group. It default accepts the credentials of logged-on users.

To use the Credential parameter, use username as User1 or domain\User1 or you can create and use PSCredential object by using Get-Credential cmdlet.

-Identity – It specifies Active Directory group object search using the distinguished name, GUID, security identifier or SAMAccountName

-Partition – It specifies the distinguished name of an active directory partition.

Filter – It specifies a query string (PowerShell Expression Language Syntax) to retrieve Active Directory objects. PowerShell wildcards other * are not supported by filter syntax.

-LDAPFilter – LDAPFilter query string is used to filter AD group objects.

PowerShell Get-ADGroup cmdlet gets a default set of active group directory object properties.

Default properties get by the command are: DistinguishedName, GroupCategory, Name, GroupScope, SamAccountName, GUID, ObjectClass, SID

To get additional properties of ad group object use -Properties parameter.

Additional properties are: CN, Canonicalname, Created, Deleted, Description, DisplayName, HomePage, LastKnownParent, ManagedBy, Memberof, Members, Modified, ObjectCategory, SIDHistory

Using Get-AdGroup Filter parameter (wildcard)

If you want to search for a specific group or retrieve multiple groups, use filter or LDAPFilter. If you want to get all the groups without any search criteria, use Get-Adgroup and filter parameter with wildcard (asterisk) for search.

Get-ADGroup -Filter *

Above Get-AdGroup cmdlet, wildcard over Filter parameter returns all the groups available in the domain. Filter parameter uses PowerShell expression language to write query string for Active Directory.

Using Get-AdGroup Identity parameter

Get-AdGroup Identity parameter used to get specific Active Directory group.

You can get adgroup by

  • Distinguishedname (DN)
  • GUID
  • Security Identifier (SID)
  • SAM name
  • display name
  • canonical name

Let’s say, you want to get ‘Sales’ Active Directory group, use the below command

Get-ADGroup -Identity 'Sales'

The above command returns a specific group from the active directory.

Let’s understand PowerShell Active Directory Get-ADGroup cmdlet with examples.

Get Properties for Administrators Group

To get default properties for the Administrators group, run the below command

Get-ADGroup -Identity Administrators | Get-Member

Above PowerShell Get-ADGroup cmdlet use Identity parameter to get distinguished ad object and Get-Member to get properties available.

Cool Tip: How to use PowerShell Set-ADUser to modify Active Directory user attributes.

Get All Groups based on Filter Query String

To get all active directory groups based on specified name starts with ‘Sales’, use below Get-ADGroup cmdlet with -filter parameter as below

Get-ADGroup -filter {name -like 'Sales*'} | Select name

In the above PowerShell example, the command retrieves all ad groups based on the get adgroup filter name starts with Sales.

Cool Tip: how to get-aduser using userprincipalname in PowerShell!

Get All Properties for Administrators Group

Use Get-ADGroup cmdlet to get all properties for the administrator’s group using the get adgroup Properties parameter.

Get-ADGroup -Identity Administrators -Properties *| Get-Member

Get AD Group by SAMAccountName

Use Get-ADGroup cmdlet to get ad group by samaccountname. For example, to get adgroup based on samaccountname Administrators, run the below command

Get-ADGroup -Identity Administrators

Cool Tip: how to get-aduser attributes from CSV in PowerShell!

Get-ADGroup by SID

To get ad group property member by SID, run the below command

Get-ADGroup -Identity Get-ADGroup -Identity S-1-5-21-1285264524-1983627485-1293364872-1250 -Properties member

Get a Group based on GroupCategory

To get ad group filter by GroupCategory equal to Sales, run below command

Get-ADGroup -Filter 'GroupCategory -eq "Sales"'

In the above PowerShell command, Get-ADGroup cmdlet gets all groups that have GroupCategory equal to Sales based on Get-adgroup filter parameter.

Cool Tip: Get-ADGroupMember to export ad group members in PowerShell!

Find Active Directory Group with Get-ADGroup Filter

To get active directory group in the current domain group based on name search criteria, use the Get-ADGroup filter on the name parameter.

Get-ADGroup -Filter "name -like '*admin*'" -Properties * | select name

In the above PowerShell script example, the command finds active directory group with a Get-ADGroup filter name like admin in the current OU group.

To get active directory group in different domains with Get-ADGroup filter name like admin, you will need to provide server name specified by -server parameter, run below command to get adgroup.

Get-ADGroup -Filter "name -like '*admin'" -Properties  -server "server-100.net" | select name

Get-ADGroup to Get Count of Active Directory Group

Using Count property, get a total number of active directory groups available, run below command

(Get-ADGroup -Filter '*').Count

Get-ADGroup to Find ADGroup managed by Specific User

To get all ad groups managed by the specific user using PowerShell Get-ADGroup filter or Get-ADGroup LDAPFilter as below

PS C:\> Get-ADGroup -Filter 'managedby -eq "<username>"'
PS C:\> Get-ADGroup -LDAPFilter '(managedby=<username>)'

In the First command, provide username in Get-ADGroup -Filter to get all ad groups managed by the user.

The second command, use Get-ADGroup -LDAPFilter to find all groups managed by user based on username.

Cool Tip: How to get ad group member displayname in PowerShell!


I hope the above article on PowerShell Get-ADGroup cmdlet gets one or more specified ad groups.

Get-AdGroup cmdlet returns a default set of properties. To get additional properties, use -Properties parameter.

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