Get-ADGroup -Filter Example

Get-ADGroup Filter Syntax

The PowerShell command Get-ADGroup is part of the Active Directory PowerShell module. Go to this article if you want to know how to install it.

To search effectively for groups in your Active Directory, you should use the Filter switch. Don’t extract all groups and then search the result set.

Use Get-ADGroup -Filter to search directly for improved performance.

Understand the Get-ADGroup Filter Parameter

With the many various filtering options available (LDAP filtering, oData v3.0 filtering, etc.), the filter switch often causes some confusion.

The filter switch used in the Get-ADGroup command uses the PowerShell expression language in the query string.

For example, this is different than, e.g., when using the Get-AzureADGroup command (which uses oData v3.0 filtering)!

The following operators should cover most of your needs:

OperatorMeaningSample expression
-eqEqual toName -eq “G.U.Marketing”
-neNot equal toGroupType -ne “-2147483640”
-gtGreater thanModified -gt “01-06-2021”
-geGreater than or equalCreated -ge “01-01-2018”
-ltLess thanModified -lt “01-02-2021”
-leLess than or equalCreated -le “01-01-2018”
-likeWildcard searchextensionAttribute1 -like “*”
-notlikeWildcard search with negationName -notlike “Exchange*”
-andAndName -like “G.U.*” -and Name -like “*legal*”
-orOrName -like “*marketing*” -or Name -like “*legal*”

Please notice the following in the above examples:

  • Enclose the compared value(s) in apostrophes
  • Use -like ‘*’ and -notlike ‘*’ to find empty or non-empty values

Below you have some code snippets that should point you in the right direction on how to structure your filters for your Get-ADGroup search queries:

Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Name -eq "G.U.Marketing"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'GroupType -ne "-2147483640"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Modified -gt "01-06-2021"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Created -ge "01-01-2018"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Modified -lt "01-02-2021"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Created -le "01-01-2018"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'extensionAttribute1 -like "*"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Name -notlike "Exchange*"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Name -like "G.U.*" -and Name -like "*legal*"'
Get-ADGroup -Filter 'Name -like "*marketing*" -or Name -like "*legal*"'

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Easy365Manager Office 365 user properties
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Easy365Manager user properties, Office 365 mailbox management inside Active Directory
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