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How To Get AD Group Membership – Detailed Guidelines Updated In 2021

Before mentioning the process of how to get ad group membership; let  us show you about the term “Active Directory Groups?”. This article will be hard to get along with without understanding its role. Therefore we would like to introduce you a brief about the term .

Active Directory Groups are inclusive of users, computers, and other groups. The administrator will manage a group as a single object. AD groups will simplify the administration to share the resources and permissions to a group rather than individual users. In other words, a group of users will have the same access when the administrator grants a license to a group.

Also, AD groups will assist you in delegating new users through group policy. That means, as long as the new members qualify and meet the group standards, it will automatically add them to the group whenever they raise the request. 

There are two types of AD groups which are AD security and distribution groups. However, in this article, we will talk about 2 criterias which are how to get ad group membership and what command can be used to pull a list of all the groups a user belongs to? ; hence we will focus and pay attention mainly on AD security in this field.

So what is the primary function of AD security? It grants users access to various domain services and resources. Also we only need to know which user account is a member to get what permission is assigned to a specific AD domain,. 

Get AD User Group Membership With ADUC

ADUC stands for Active Directory Users and Computers. We use it to execute typical domain administration tasks and group management. Using the ADUC is the easy and direct way to pull a list of AD user groups.  Here are the steps you may want to take a look at.

  1. Open the dsa.msc snap-in window
  2. Click right mouse button on the domain root and click Find
  3. Input user name and click Find now
  4. Open the properties of user and find the Member of tab
  5. The tab will show the group of selected members.
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AD Group Membership With Command Line

There is another way to check AD group membership. This method requires several commands, and you need to put the exact characters below to perform successfully. Here is the process to check AD group membership command line

  1. Open the command dashboard. You can see the screenshot below to know how the dashboard looks like.
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  1. After inputting the username, there will be a window pop up and it will show the detailed information below. 
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  1. To list security groups that your account member belongs to, please use the following command.
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  1. If you want to list the members of a domain group, use the command below.
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However, using this method will not display nested AD groups, which means it will not show up when your account is a member of other security groups. 

  1. Using the dsget tool will pull a complete list of user groups that are inclusive of nested ones. However, you have to have a specifically distinguished name.
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  1. If you need to perform the opposite operation and display a list of groups belonging to, there is a command below. 
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  1. If you want to show up a specific AD group, other commands can support it. They are dsquery and net groups. 
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The Result After Putting The Command 

Get AD Group Membership With Powershell

Last but not least, you can use Powershell to perform an AD group membership check. In order to do it, there is a requirement to install the Powershell Active Directory module on your computer. If you are using Windows 10, you need to install RSAT first, and then it will support you to set up the Powershell.

  1. Please follow the instructions if you want to display username added to a specific group, including the nested ones.
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  1. You would like to get full detailed information about each member, there is a command below.
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  1. You also can display certain attribute of user groups
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  1. There are two commands that you can choose to display if a member belongs to Active Directory groups.
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  1. There is another way to achieve a list of all group membersp by using Recursive match operator.
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  1. How to perform a filter for group name, please follow the command below. 
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  1. Here is the full transcript that we usually use to search a username in a specific group and execute some actions on group membership.
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We hope you will find the above information about the ways to check AD group membership is helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to send the email to us or put a comment in the box below.

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