Help with Get-ADUser Output!?!?!

In short I have made a little GUI tool to create Super accounts in our domains. This tool will get the attributes from the user's regular account by making them into a variable and using that variable during the new-aduser cmd to set the attribute. I am having trouble with a command, the command gets what I need but not in the right format. Here is what I am doing.

When the button is clicked to initiate the cmd it will first go through setting variables and one of the examples I am having trouble with is:

$StAddress = Get-ADUser $textfield1.text -Properties * | Select-Object Streetaddress

This returns:



255 Park Ave


I can even use:

$StAddress = Get-ADUser $textfield1.text -Properties * | Select-Object Streetaddress  | FT -HideTableHeaders

And this produces:

255 Park Ave


When I am setting the Street address it will set but it will be this

@{Streetaddress=2555 Park Ave}

instead of 255 Park Ave


When I am doing any of the properties from the Get-member cmd I can just use dotted notation and I don't have this problem i.e. (get-aduser textfield.text).Givenname but that wont work with any properties outside the Get-aduser <User> | GM cmd


Any Ideas??


  • You were on the right track by using the Select-Object cmdlet, the parameter you are looking for is -ExpandProperty, this only outputs the value in the property rather than the key-value pair. Here is what this looks like in code:

    $StAddress = Get-ADUser $textfield1.text -Properties * | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Streetaddress

    Alternatively you could encapsulate the entire command in Parentheses and select the property you require:

    $StAddress = (Get-ADUser $textfield1.text -Properties *).Streetaddress

    Does that answer your question?

  • Another note, you want to avoid using -Properties * when you can as you're recalling EVERY field from AD that is associated with the user.  If you're getting all of your users this could really affect performance.  Try to limit the Properties parameter to just what you need:

    Get-ADuser $textfield1.txt -Properties StreetAddress | Select -ExpandPropert StreetAddress

  • That worked!

    Wow I didn't even think about doing that, I feel dumb!! I was using that for the Get-member parameters. (Get-aduser <user>).samaccountname 

    I never tried it by throwing -properties * in the equation.

    I really appreciate the help.


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