powershell finding two spaces in displayname

Posted on 2013-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-27
I am trying to get users who have more than one space between they're first and last name and having trouble. Her is what I have below.

get-qaduser -searchroot "contoso.local/users | where {$_.displayname -match "  "}
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Vasil Michev (MVP) earned 500 total points
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Use this for instead:

where {$_.Displayname -match "\s{2,}"}

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This will match any 2 or more occurrences of any whitespace char.
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Your original try should work, if the whitespace is really only space (ASCII 32). Probably there is a different "whitespace" character included in your display names, like a tab. The \s match will detect that, but I would prefer (just matter of taste, though):
get-qaduser -searchroot "contoso.local/users | where {$_.displayname -match '\s\s+'}

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Expert Comment

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I think you could get away with LIKE instead of Match, if you used a wildcard

get-qaduser -searchroot "contoso.local/users | where {$_.displayname -like "*  *"} 

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ID: 39660867
-like would do if there are only spaces, but then the original match would work.

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