Posted by: Richard Siddaway
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An interesting question came up recently. A Powershell user was trying to access an AD attribute so they did something like this
$x = Get-ADUser -Identity usera -Properties * | select useraccountcontrol
When they tried to use $x it didn’t correctly in the rest of the script.
Select-object is used to filter down the attributes that are left on the object as it passes on the pipeline
PS> Get-ADUser -Identity usera -Properties * | select useraccountcontrol
If you just want the value rather than an object (I know that its still an object but in reality we work directly with the value) then use –expandproperty. On a property with a single value it returns that value
PS> Get-ADUser -Identity usera -Properties * | select -expandproperty useraccountcontrol