Search Active Directory Groups with Wildcard

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If you have tried searching for an Active Directory Group using characters in the middle of the name, you may have found that the GUI ADUC (AD Users and Computers) tool does not support this kind of “wildcard” search in the default configuration.

To work around this problem, my recommendation is to use the PowerShell ActiveDirectory module. See the following for some hints on how to use:

  • Open the PowerShell command window
  • Get-Module -ListAvailable
  • Import-Module ActiveDirectory
  • Get-ADGroup -Filter {name -like "*aid*"} -Properties Description,info | Select Name,samaccountname,Description,info | Sort Name
  • Get-ADGroupMember YourGroupName # to list members
  • Using a “-like” filter against the “name” property allows the standard wildcard match (*/star/asterisk/glob) which will match any sequence of characters within the group name.
  • This example would match group names like: Aids-Research, Hearing-Aids, Raiders, etc.

I’m not sure why ADUC is missing this type of AD wildcard group search, but at least this is a simple way to do the search with Microsoft standard tools ;-). ADUC does the standard starts-with type of search, so it works for groups where you know the starting characters to search for. See comments of this post for a hint on using ADUC “Custom Search” Advanced search for patterns like name=*something* (ldap query syntax used for advanced custom search).


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2 Responses to Search Active Directory Groups with Wildcard

  1. Philip says:

    I came across this post, aduc actually have a solution for it, go to find, chose custom search in drop down, go to advanced tab and type: name=*something*

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