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May 31 2015   8:23AM GMT

Finding users that can change their password

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

Active Directory

Way back in this post


I showed how to discover those users who can’t change their passwords. I was recently asked how to find those users that can change their password.

Active Directory doesn’t store this information directly but the CannotChangePassowrd attribute is  false for those users that can change their password

£> Get-ADUser -Identity richard -Properties CannotChangePassword
CannotChangePassword : False
DistinguishedName    : CN=Richard,CN=Users,DC=Manticore,DC=org
Enabled              : True
GivenName            :
Name                 : Richard
ObjectClass          : user
ObjectGUID           : 7c42be70-c6b2-401f-8296-46de9ee7446c
SamAccountName       : Richard
SID                  : S-1-5-21-195014076-723736408-1406369008-1104
Surname              :
UserPrincipalName    : Richard@Manticore.org

So is you don’t mind using double negative logic you can find users that can change passwords like this:

Get-ADUser -Filter * -Properties CannotChangePassword |
where {-not $_.CannotChangePassword } |
Format-Table Name, DistinguishedName

I’ve restricted the properties brought back to the default ones plus CannotChangePassword


-not $_.CannotChangePassword

as a filter to determine the users that have the attribute set to false

You could also use

! $_.CannotChangePassword

but I prefer using –not as its easier to read

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