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Quest ActiveRoles: A Comprehensive PowerShell Guide for Active Directory Administrators


Quest Active Directory PowerShell Download: What Is It and How to Use It




Introduction




If you are an administrator or a developer who works with Active Directory, you probably know how important it is to have a powerful and flexible tool to manage your environment. Active Directory is a complex and dynamic system that requires constant monitoring, maintenance, and configuration. Using the graphical user interface (GUI) tools such as Active Directory Users and Computers or Active Directory Administrative Center can be slow, tedious, and limited. That's why many professionals prefer to use PowerShell, a command-line scripting language that allows you to perform any task in Active Directory with ease and efficiency.


PowerShell is a built-in feature of Windows that lets you interact with various services and applications using commands called cmdlets. You can use PowerShell to create, modify, delete, query, and report on any object or attribute in Active Directory. You can also use PowerShell to automate repetitive or complex tasks by writing scripts or functions. PowerShell gives you complete control over your Active Directory environment and helps you save time and resources.




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However, PowerShell alone is not enough to fully leverage the potential of Active Directory. You also need a set of cmdlets that are specifically designed for Active Directory management. That's where Quest Active Directory PowerShell comes in. Quest Active Directory PowerShell is a free module that provides a collection of over 100 cmdlets that extend the functionality of PowerShell for Active Directory. Quest Active Directory PowerShell was developed by Quest Software (now owned by Dell) and was one of the first and most popular modules for Active Directory management. Quest Active Directory PowerShell works with any version of Windows Server and supports both on-premises and cloud-based Active Directory environments.


In this article, we will show you how to download and install Quest Active Directory PowerShell module on your machine. We will also show you some basic and advanced commands that you can use to manage your Active Directory with Quest PowerShell. By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of what Quest Active Directory PowerShell is and how to use it effectively.


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Basic Commands for Active Directory Management with Quest PowerShell




Before you can use Quest Active Directory PowerShell commands, you need to install the module on your machine. To do this, you need to download the correct Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) package for your operating system from . You need to look for the "Quest ActiveRoles Management Shell" download link on that page. Depending on your system architecture, you can choose between the 64-bit or 32-bit version of the module. The latest free version of the module is 1.5.1.


Once you have downloaded the RSAT package, you need to unzip it and run the MSI file inside it. The installation wizard will guide you through the process. After the installation is complete, you will have a new shortcut on your desktop called "ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory". This is a customized PowerShell console that loads the Quest module automatically when you launch it. You can also load the Quest module manually in any PowerShell session by using the following command:


Add-PSSnapin Quest.ActiveRoles.ADManagement


Now that you have installed and loaded the Quest module, you can start using its cmdlets to manage your Active Directory. All Quest cmdlets start with the prefix "QAD", which stands for "Quest Active Directory". For example, QADUser is the cmdlet for managing user accounts, QADGroup is the cmdlet for managing groups, QADComputer is the cmdlet for managing computers, and QADObject is the cmdlet for managing any Active Directory object. You can use the Get-Help command to get more information about any Quest cmdlet, such as its syntax, parameters, examples, and links to online documentation.


Here are some basic commands that you can use to perform common tasks in Active Directory with Quest PowerShell:


Task


Command


Create a new user account


New-QADUser -Name "John Smith" -ParentContainer "OU=Sales,DC=Contoso,DC=Com" -SamAccountName "jsmith" -UserPassword "P@ssw0rd"


Delete a user account


Remove-QADUser -Identity "jsmith"


Modify a user attribute


Set-QADUser -Identity "jsmith" -Description "Sales Manager"


Add a user to a group


Add-QADGroupMember -Identity "Sales Team" -Member "jsmith"


Remove a user from a group


Remove-QADGroupMember -Identity "Sales Team" -Member "jsmith"


Reset a user password


Set-QADUser -Identity "jsmith" -UserPassword "N3wP@ssw0rd"


Unlock a user account


Unlock-QADUser -Identity "jsmith"


Disable a user account


Disable-QADUser -Identity "jsmith"


Enable a user account


Enable-QADUser -Identity "jsmith"


Create a new group


New-QADGroup -Name "Sales Team" -ParentContainer "OU=Sales,DC=Contoso,DC=Com" -GroupType Security -GroupScope Global


Delete a group


Remove-QADGroup -Identity "Sales Team"


Modify a group attribute


Set-QADGroup -Identity "Sales Team" -Description "Members of the sales department"



Create a new computer account


New-QADComputer -Name "PC01" -ParentContainer "OU=Computers,DC=Contoso,DC=Com"




Delete a computer account


Remove-QADComputer -Identity "PC01"




Modify a computer attribute


Set-QADComputer -Identity "PC01" -Description "Sales laptop"




Create a new organizational unit (OU)


New-QADObject -Name "Sales" -ParentContainer "DC=Con


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