Set Manager attribute to null when account is disabled using Powershell

Posted on 2009-04-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We would like to run a nightly job that sets the "manager" attribute to NULL if the account is disabled.  A Powershell script is preferred.  Can someone help?
Question by:sanderson321
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* How about a VB Script that would enumerate the domain and look for all disabled accounts and then if found, set their "Manager" attribute in the Organization tab as NULL (basically the CLEAR function of ADUC User account property)

* While entering the domain name, provide the FQDN of the domain.

Hope this helps (^_^)
Option Explicit


Dim strDomain, objComputer, objUser, oRoot,strDefaultNamingContext, username, objUser1


  strDomain = inputbox( "Please enter a domainname", "Input" )

Loop until strDomain <> ""

     'Finding our default naming context

    Set oRoot = GetObject("LDAP://rootDSE")

    strDefaultNamingContext = oRoot.Get("defaultNamingContext")

    Set oRoot = Nothing

ListUsers( strDomain )

Sub ListUsers( strDomain )

	Set objComputer = GetObject("WinNT://" & strDomain )

	objComputer.Filter = Array( "User" )



	For Each objUser In objComputer

		username = ""&


            	If objUser.AccountDisabled = TRUE Then

			Set objUser1 = GetObject(getLdapUN(username))


			objUser1.PutEx ADS_PROPERTY_CLEAR,"manager",0


		End If



	MsgBox "The Script has finished working"

End Sub

'Function module for getLdapUN()

Function getLdapUN(strUN)

Dim oConnect, Command, strLdapQuery, Rs

getLdapUN = False

Set oConnect = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")

Set Command = CreateObject("ADODB.Command")

'--- search for object in AD ---

strldapquery = "<LDAP://" & strDefaultNamingContext & ">;" & _

"(&(objectCategory=person)(objectClass=user)(sAMAccountName=" & _

strUN & "));ADsPath,cn;subtree"

oConnect.Provider = "ADsDSOObject"

oConnect.Open "Active Directory Provider"

Set Command.ActiveConnection = oConnect

Command.CommandText = strldapquery 'strSQL

Set Rs = Command.Execute 'Execute the query

'WScript.Echo "Records: " & Rs.RecordCount

If Rs.RecordCount > 0 Then

    getLdapUN = rs("AdsPath")

End If

Set oConnect = Nothing

Set Command = Nothing

End Function

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Chris Dent earned 500 total points
ID: 24076278

If you're using the parts native to PowerShell (DirectoryServices) then....

# Create a search filter for disabled accounts with Manager still set

$LdapFilter = "(&(objectClass=user)(objectCategory=person)(userAccountControl:1.2.840.113556.1.4.804:=2)(manager=*))"

# Create a searcher for the current domain

$Searcher = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher($Null, $LdapFilter)

$Searcher.PageSize = 100

$Searcher.PropertiesToLoad.AddRange(@("distinguishedNamed", "manager"))

ForEach ($User in $Searcher.FindAll()) {

  $User = $User.GetDirectoryEntry()

  $User.PutEx(1, "manager", $Null)



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by:Chris Dent
ID: 24076314

And if you happen to prefer to use Quest's tools...



PS both of these options will leave you with the manager attribute unset (we're not inserting a blank value in its place)
Get-QADUser -Manager * -Disabled | Set-QADUser -objectAttributes @{manager=''}

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