AD: search for groups with name test in it


Please advise: in  AD how do I search for groups with name test in it?
Tried with ADUC, search for groupname, *groupname*, %groupname%, advanced search, ldap search. Group exists but I don't get the result.

Please advise.
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Tony MassaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Just search for the word TEST.  You can't use wildcards in the normal search as it's treated as part of the search string.

In ADUC, to filter for just groups with TEST in the name, perform a custom search. When you're in ADUC, perform a find, then in the "FIND" drop-down, choose "Custom Search".  You will then click the "Advanced" tab shown below to manually enter an LDAP query.
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Custom LDAP Search
Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
$Filter = "(&(ObjectCategory=group)(DistinguishedName=*test*))"
$Searcher = New-Object System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher($Filter)
$Searcher.Findall() | 
ForEach-Object `
  -Begin { "Results of $Filter query: " } `
  -Process { 
                   } `
  -End { [string]$Searcher.FindAll().Count + " $Filter results were found" }

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based on how-can-i-search-active-directory-with-windows-powershell-to-return-a-list-of-missing-groups
zaicnupagadiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think the simplest way to do it will be:

Get-QADGroup | ? {$_.Name -match "test"}

Instead if "$_.Name" which takes the "name" property from the current object (current object is "$_"), you can filter groups by other parameters like description:

Get-QADGroup | ? {$_.Description -match "test"}

If you would like to filter by those two:

Get-QADGroup | ? {($_.Name -match "test") -or ($_.Description -match "test")}

To invoke that query you will need "Quest PowerShell Commands for Active Directory", link with description how to use other functionality -

I cannot imagine my life as a admin without this software :)
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Any idea how you would do an unattended install of this powerquest and it's modules?
Note: why not ISE instead of quest?
You install Quest cmdlet on the computer you want to execute the query - why would you like to install it remotely and silently? You have written "Why not ISE" - as far as I am concerned, "PowerShell ISE" is an editor for PS, Quest gives us additional modules to PS, so we can use addtional commands.

To add the Quest module to powershell - so it will be loaded by default, you have to create a file:


The content of mine "profile.ps1" is:

Add-PSSnapin Quest.ActiveRoles.ADManagement
Set-QADPSSnapinSettings -DefaultSizeLimit 0

First line will load the module, second one will set the default limit to 0 - which means no limit - quite useful.
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