SHD – Find Disabled OU

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Have you ever started in a company and there was no documentation? The disabled OU isn’t named “Disabled Users” and things are just what the heck? This powershell script will help find that disabled user OU. Believe it or not, it’s a one liner.

((Get-ADUser -filter { enabled -eq $false }).Distinguishedname -replace '^CN=.*?,', '' | Group-Object | Sort-Object -Property Count -Descending | Select-Object -First 1).name

Lets tare this bad boy apart. First we have a Get-Aduser -filter { Enabled -eq $False}. So we want all the users in the company who are disabled. From there we are selecting only the DistinguishedName. We want to remove the first part of the DistinguishedName with a replace command. The Regex is ^CN=.*?,’,” Lets break this down.

.Distinguishedname -replace '^CN=.*?,', ''

^CN= tells us we are looking for the first “CN=” inside this string. Then we ask for the wild cards up to the first , with .*?. We tell it to replace it with nothing, aka double single quotes, .

| Group-Object

Now this gives us all the OUs that everyone who is disabled lives in. Next we group them together with Group-Object. Group-object is going to give us a clean count of each OU and how many unique items there are for each OU.

| Sort-Object -Property Count -Descending 

Next we want to organize everything with a Sort-Object. We select the count property and put it in descending order. This way we can select the first one in the final piece of the puzzle.

| Select-Object -First 1).name

Now we use the Select-object -First 1 command to get the first object from the descending list. This will give you the highest disabled users counted OU.

The Script

function Find-SHDDisabledUsersOU {
    param (
        [Parameter(HelpMessage = "Allows for custom Credential.")][System.Management.Automation.PSCredential]$Credential
    if ($PSBoundParameters.ContainsKey('Credential')) {
        ((Get-ADUser -filter { enabled -eq $false } -Credential $Credential).Distinguishedname -replace '^CN=.*?,', '' | Group-Object | Sort-Object -Property Count -Descending | Select-Object -First 1).name
    else {
        ((Get-ADUser -filter { enabled -eq $false }).Distinguishedname -replace '^CN=.*?,', '' | Group-Object | Sort-Object -Property Count -Descending | Select-Object -First 1).name

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