Quest/Dell AD cmdlets for PowerShell (Download last free version)

The Quest cmdlets below were once offered for free by Quest (now owned by Dell). From around 2014 they were no longer free and have now been deprecated and withdrawn from sale.

Since the release of PowerShell 4.0, Microsoft now provide an Active Directory module, shipped by default with Windows Server.

Although they do have some useful options, most will consider that the Quest cmdlets are no longer needed.

The last free version of the Quest cmdlets is available from the mirror above but it is now unsupported by Dell and requires .Net Framework 3.5 Sp1 (supported until October 2028)

After installing, make the cmdlets available by loading the ActiveRoles snap-in:
PS C:> Add-PSSnapin Quest.ActiveRoles.ADManagement

 Get-QADComputer       Retrieve computer objects that match specified conditions.
 Connect-QADService    Connect to AD domain controller (or AD LDS) 
 Disconnect-QADService Disconnect from an AD domain controller
 Get-QADGroup          Retrieve groups that match specific conditions
 Set-QADGroup          Modify attributes of group(s)
 New-QADGroup          Create a new group
 Get-QADGroupMember    Retrieve members of a group
 Add-QADGroupMember    Add one or more objects to a group
 Remove-QADGroupMember Remove one or more members from a group
 Get-QADMemberOf       Retrieve group memberships of a particular object
 Get-QADUser           Retrieve users that match specific conditions
 Set-QADUser           Modify attributes of a user account
 New-QADUser           Create a new user account
 Enable-QADUser        Enable a user account
 Move-QADObject        Move an object to a new OU
 Remove-QADObject      Delete object(s) from Active Directory
 Rename-QADObject      Rename an object in Active Directory
 Disable-QADUser       Disable a user account
 Unlock-QADUser        Unlock a user account
 Deprovision-QADUser   Deprovision a user account in AD

Quest also provide cmdlets for managing AD Objects, AD ACLs, Password settings, Object security and Snap-In settings.

It is also possible to retrieve Active Directory (AD) information using native PowerShell by using LDAP paths with the ADSI provider, this method does tend to become rather verbose for anything non-trivial:

$myOU = [adsi]"LDAP://CN=Jdoe,OU=TestOU,DC=ss64,DC=com"
$myOU | Get-Member

“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity” ~ Francois Gautier

Related PowerShell Cmdlets

.Net Framework 3.5 (Full) - or (Bootstrap) - Required for the Quest Snap-In

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