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Export list of active directory users with pictures

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I am looking for a way to pull a list of all active directory users that includes full name, username and photo.
I am ok with just the photo attribute showing if its populated or not.
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you start from this script
Extract-All-Users-From-Active-Di.vbs
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If you would like to accomplish this simply in PowerShell oneliner with Quest Cmdlets :

Get-QADUser -sizelimit 0 -ip jpegphoto | where{$_.jpegphoto -eq "*"} | select name,samaccountname | export-csv Users_with_photos.csv
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Sorry guys, I am not an expert. None of those options are going to work for me unless I can configure them for my needs. I have tried all 3 and have not been able to figure them out.
Got the first one to work but it only shows names.  
second one uses ou's only. I have quite an OU tree. so that doesn't work.
Installed Quest Cmdlets. Just errors out in PowerShell as not recognizing the cmdlet
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change the query to:
select name, alias, email, ....
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As far as PowerShell error, launch the "ActiveRoles Management Shell" snapin to use the Get-QADUser cmdlet or add the quest snapin to PowerShell via

Add-PSSnapin Quest.ActiveRoles.ADManagement
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We are close Rick. However, it produces a 0 byte file.
Also the attribute I need is the thumbnailPhoto
I did try to change your command line to reflect this but still got a 0 byte file.
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I was under the impression that you were just after finding who has that photo attribute populated not necessarily the actual value. Besides, the thumbnailphoto (or jpegphoto) has a syntax of hexadecimal so if you export it, it won't mean anything to you.

And use changing the attribute from jpegphoto to thumbnail should allow you find all accounts that have a value in that attribute.

Get-QADUser -sizelimit 0 -ip thumbnailPhoto | where{$_.thumbnailPhoto -eq "*"} | select name,samaccountname,thumbnailPhoto | export-csv Users_with_photos.csv
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Thanks Rick but unfortunately that still pulls a 0 byte csv.
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Rick I did a raw pull of all using Get-QADUser.  There is no field for Photos or Thumbnails. That is probably why it is pulling no records.
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Not sure why that is. Let try this. Lets do a straight dump without the "where" clause

Get-QADUser -sizelimit 0 -ip thumbnailPhoto  | select name,samaccountname,thumbnailPhoto | export-csv Users_with_photos.csv

Are you sure that some of these users that you are after do in fact have the thumbnailPhoto attribute populated ?
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Haha, yeah I just about figured that exact same one out. Worked!  Thanks!

Get-QADUser -includedproperties thumbnailPhoto,DisplayName,samaccountname | export-csv Users_with_photos.csv

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Great to hear.

On a side note, the displayname and samaccountname are already exposed and do not need to be included via the -ip parameter.


Get-QADUser -includedproperties thumbnailphoto | select thumbnailPhoto,DisplayName,samaccountname | export-csv Users_with_photos.csv
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