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I need a simple powershell script to change home folder paths in AD

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Being new to PowerShell scripting, I'm having trouble setting up a script to change a select group of users and then change their home folder path in AD.  I need to base this on which OU they're in, so I can do a select by OU to get the users, then a "foreach" loop to change their homefolder path.  I selected a sample script and its printing out the group I want just fine, but when I get to the for each loop and try to write-host the home directory, then I fail miserably.  Yes I have the AD tools loaded.  Heres some of the script thats working. After "get-QADUser"  line, things go south quickly.
#Powershell script to change home folder
add-PSSnapin quest.activeroles.admanagement
#get-command Get-QADUser
$OU = "lwsd.k12wa.org/staff/Resource Center/MIS Dept/Net Test"
get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU | format-Table FirstName, LastName, DisplayName, HomeDirectory -auto
users$ = get-QADUser -IncludeAllProperties -SearchRoot $OU
write-host users$
foreach ($user in $u)
{
write-host $user.HomeDirectory
}

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Chris Dent earned 125 total points
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This should return all users with a Home Directory set in $OU:

Get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU -HomeDirectory *

You can make the filter more specific, say you wanted only those on a specific server:

Get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU -HomeDirectory "*server*"

If you want to see the HomeDirectory in the output you should be able to add any of these:

Get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU -HomeDirectory "*server*" | Select-Object *
Get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU -HomeDirectory "*server*" | Select-Object DN, HomeDrive, HomeDirectory

Then if you wanted to change  the value for each of the users in the results:

Get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU -HomeDirectory "*server*" | %{ Set-QADUser -HomeDirectory "NewValue" }

% is an alias for the For-EachObject cmdlet, allowing you to loop through each of the returned results. NewValue doesn't have to be hard-coded like this either, we could replace the server name only (for example) with:

Get-QADUser -SearchRoot $OU -HomeDirectory "*server*" | %{ Set-QADUser -HomeDirectory $($_.HomeDirectory -Replace "server1", "server2") }

You do have to be a bit careful there, -Replace uses a Regular Expression to match, so you'll get some odd results should you include "\\server1" rather than just "server1".

Chris
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Ok, after a year of dealing with this stuff and not reviewing it like I should have, this would work fine.  I'm accepting it.  Thank you Chris.
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