Searching multiple AD security groups for members?

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I'm not sure if this is off topic for this group, but the groups control the licensing for O365 for exchange hybrid, so I figured this would be a good place to start.


Every time a user leaves the company I need to search through multiple AD groups to see if they have a license for any O365 licenses.  M365-E3, O365-e3, F1, E1, and E5.  Do that manually in ADUC sucks because there are a LOT of people in those groups.


Does anyone know of a way in powershell that I could easily search all of those AD groups?  

And better yet, does anyone know of a way I could grab a list of names from a spreadsheet, and search for all of those names?  


Some days I might only get one or 2 names to search for, other days I might get 12 or 15.  Do those one by one would get old so the spreadsheet method would be great if anyone knows of a way to do that.


Note I'm NOT a PS guru by any stretch, but hopefully I can cobble together something if someone can point me in the right direction.





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Depends on the group type. Generally speaking, you can use the good old AD tools: 


/// List all groups (non-recursive)

(Get-ADUser -Filter {UserPrincipalName -like "XXXXXXXX"} -Properties MemberOf).MemberOf

/// List all groups (recursive)
Get-ADGroup -LDAPFilter "(member:1.2.840.113556.1.4.1941:=CN=XXXXXX,OU=User,OU=Accounts,OU=P01,DC=domain,DC=com)" | measure

where I've used the LDAP_MATCHING_RULE_IN_CHAIN identifier ("1.2.840.113556.1.4.1941"):

You can create a script to remove departed users from all groups and schedule it to run weekly once you confirm they are gone.

Hello@Scouter_Ted !


You could do a simple powershell script with a "foreach" loop and a "if" statement together with a CSV file to quite easily remove AD users from the license groups autimatically with the help of the CSV file ( Spreadsheet ). 


It also helps if the license groups follow some kind of name standard. 


Let me know if you need further guidance with the powershell script. 


Kind regards