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@BanterBoy: - Explain what the script does and why it is useful.

@GitHub Copilot - This is a PowerShell script that defines a function called Get-GroupMembers. The purpose of this function is to extract the members of a specified Active Directory group. The function takes a single parameter, $GroupName, which is a string representing the name of the group to search for.

The function uses the CmdletBinding attribute to specify that it supports positional binding and should process the input. It also uses the OutputType attribute to specify that it returns a string. The Alias attribute is used to define an alias for the function, ggm.

The function begins by defining the begin and end blocks, which are empty in this case. The process block is where the main logic of the function is defined. It first checks if the ShouldProcess method returns true for the specified group name. If it does, the function uses the Get-ADGroup cmdlet to retrieve the group object(s) that match the specified group name. It then loops through each group object and retrieves the members of that group using the Get-ADGroupMember cmdlet. Finally, it loops through each group member and retrieves the corresponding user object using the Get-ADUser cmdlet.

Overall, this function is a useful tool for extracting the members of an Active Directory group. However, there are some potential areas for improvement. For example, the function could benefit from better error handling and more detailed output. Additionally, the function could be made more efficient by using pipeline input instead of looping through each group and member object.

@BanterBoy: - Can you provide examples for using the script

@GitHub Copilot - Certainly! Here are a few examples of how you could use this PowerShell script:

Example 1: Get members of a specific group

Get-GroupMembers -GroupName "Sales Group"

This command will extract the members of the “Sales Group” Active Directory group.

Example 2: Get members of multiple groups

"Sales Group", "Marketing Group" | Get-GroupMembers

This command will extract the members of both the “Sales Group” and “Marketing Group” Active Directory groups.

Example 3: Get members of groups matching a wildcard pattern

Get-GroupMembers -GroupName "IT*"

This command will extract the members of all Active Directory groups whose names start with “IT”.

These are just a few examples of how you could use this script. You can customize the command to fit your specific needs by adjusting the -GroupName parameter and any other parameters as necessary.



    This function exports the users within Active Directory groups that match a specified search string.

    Specifies the name of the group to search for. This parameter supports wildcards.

    Get-GroupMembers -GroupName "Domain Admins"
    Outputs a list of users in the Active Directory groups matching the search string.


    Author: Luke Leigh
    Date: 05/07/2023
    Version: 0001
        - initial version

function Get-GroupMembers {
    [CmdletBinding(DefaultParameterSetName = 'Default',
        PositionalBinding = $true,
        SupportsShouldProcess = $true)]
    [OutputType([string], ParameterSetName = 'Default')]
        [Parameter(ParameterSetName = 'Default',
            Mandatory = $false,
            ValueFromPipeline = $true,
            ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true,
            Position = 1,
            HelpMessage = 'Enter the group name that you want to search for. This field supports wildcards.')]

    begin {


    process {
        if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess("$GroupName", "Extract members of group")) {
            $groups = Get-ADGroup -Filter ' Name -like $GroupName '
            $groups | ForEach-Object -Process {
                $groupMembers = Get-ADGroupMember -Identity $_.SamAccountName
                $groupMembers |
                ForEach-Object -Process {
                    Get-ADUser -Filter ' SamAccountName -like $_.SamAccountName ' -Properties *
    end {


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