AD-Remove character from displayName Attribute in AD

Ben H 1 Reputation point


We currently use below to add 1 to any accounts' displayName attribute that are in a quarantine OU waiting to be deleted. It is part of a larger script.

Get-ADUser -SearchBase “OU=Quarantined,OU=Accounts,DC=Contoso,DC=com” -Filter { displayName -notlike "1"} -Properties displayname |


ForEach-Object {Set-ADObject -Identity $.distinguishedName -Replace @{displayName="$("1" + $.displayname)"}}

For some users who do return I have devised a script to enable various areas but I cannot seem to remove 1 from the displayName attribute if it exists. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Rich Matheisen 45,186 Reputation points

    Try this:

    Get-ADUser -SearchBase "OU=Quarantined,OU=Accounts,DC=Contoso,DC=com" -Filter { displayName -like "1*"} -Properties displayname |
        ForEach-Object {
            $d = $_.displayName -replace "^1", ""
            Set-ADObject -Identity $_.distinguishedName -Replace @{displayName="$d"}
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