How to get a list of Organisational Units from AD with only 4 characters in their name

Posted on 2015-02-20
Last Modified: 2015-02-20
Wondering if anyone could help me with a command set that would output all the canonical names of OU's that have exactly  4 characters in their name?
Question by:Hal-itosis
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Using PowerShelll with the AD module loaded so:

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Get-ADSite | ?{$_.Name.Length -eq 4}

Note: you must have at least the RSAT tools loaded to get access to the module.

Hope that helps.

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Oh if you want just the names you can add | %{$_.Name} to the end of that last command.
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Guy Lidbetter earned 500 total points
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Hi Hal-itosis ... (Nice Name)

Try this:

$OUs = Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Properties * | select *
foreach ($OU in $OUs) {IF ($OU.Name.Length -eq 4) {Write-Host $OU.DistinguishedName}}

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 Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter * | Where {$_.Name.Length -eq 4} | Select DistinguishedName

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Sorry I gave you sites before, fingurs quicker than the mind.  Building off Guy's comment:

Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter * | Where {$_.Name.Length -eq 4} | %{$_.Name}

I'm pretty sure name and CN are always the same.  .

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Excellent, thanks for the idea's.

What met my criteria exactly was:
Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter * | Where {$_.Name.Length -eq 4} | Select DistinguishedName

I tried the variations with Get-ADOrganizationalUnit cmmdlet but I'm no good with the "Where {$_.Name.Length -eq 4" stuff.

Thanks a lot to you both. Guy Lidbetter for the exact answer.
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by:Guy Lidbetter
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Just though providing distinguishedname (CN) rather than just name would be more useful as you can see where the actual OU is located.

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