Finding PowerShell cmdlets for managing users accounts

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 10 July 2013 / Last Updated on 10 July 2013]

A tip on how to find Windows PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to manage user accounts in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory environments.

Creating and managing user accounts is a common Active Directory administration task. Windows PowerShell provides considerable flexibility in how this can be done on the Windows Server 2012 platform. Typing Get-Command *ADUser at a Windows PowerShell prompt shows there are four cmdlets for managing users accounts:

  • New-ADUser Creates a new Active Directory user
  • Get-ADUser Gets one or more Active Directory users so that you can perform some action with them
  • Set-ADUser Modifies the properties of an existing Active Directory user
  • Remove-ADUser Removes the specified user from Active Directory

Any administration of user accounts using Windows PowerShell involves using one or more of these cmdlets.

This tip is excerpted from my latest book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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