Get-OrganizationalUnit (from Microsofts free RSAT tools) can search for organizational units based on fully distinguished name or GUID, or you can use the –Filter parameter.

Unfortunately, -Filter cannot easily be automated. The code below does not work and will not return all organizational units with “Test” in their name:

$Name = 'Test'
Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter { Name -like "*$Name*" }

This is surprising since this line works (provided you have organizational units with “Test” in their name in the first place:

Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter { Name -like "*Test*" }

Often, a simple LDAP filter works best and can help if you’d like to search with simple wildcards. The code below finds all organizational units with “Test” in their name:

$Name = 'Test'
Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -LDAPFilter "(Name=*$Name*)"

Twitter This Tip! ReTweet this Tip!

Anonymous