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Thread: Export only Distribution List Members from Active Directory to Excel

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Export only Distribution List Members from Active Directory to Excel

    I want to export global distribution list members and not security groups, from an Active Directory/Exchange Group to an excel spreadsheet but it is not working and I dont have too much knowldge on scripting. I did try to run a query in AD but it strted to give me only the list of groups without the members. The distribution groups are in several sub OUs. Can anyone please help me out? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    If you want to query for all distributiong groups then the filter would be like below:


    You may have to retrieve the member attribute, which is multi-valued and also the DN or sAMAccountName of the group. For instance, a VBScript program using ADO could be similar to below:

    Option Explicit

    Dim adoCommand, adoConnection, strBase, strFilter, strAttributes
    Dim objRootDSE, strDNSDomain, strQuery, adoRecordset, strName
    Dim arrMembers, strMember

    ' Setup ADO objects.
    Set adoCommand = CreateObject("ADODB.Command")
    Set adoConnection = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
    adoConnection.Provider = "ADsDSOObject"
    adoConnection.Open "Active Directory Provider"
    adoCommand.ActiveConnection = adoConnection

    ' Search entire Active Directory domain.
    Set objRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE")
    strDNSDomain = objRootDSE.Get("defaultNamingContext")
    strBase = "<LDAP://" & strDNSDomain & ">"

    ' Filter on distribution groups.
    strFilter =

    ' Comma delimited list of attribute values to retrieve.
    strAttributes = "distinguishedName,member"

    ' Construct the LDAP syntax query.
    strQuery = strBase & ";" & strFilter & ";" & strAttributes & ";subtree"
    adoCommand.CommandText = strQuery
    adoCommand.Properties("Page Size") = 100
    adoCommand.Properties("Timeout") = 30
    adoCommand.Properties("Cache Results") = False

    ' Run the query.
    Set adoRecordset = adoCommand.Execute

    ' Enumerate the resulting recordset.
    Do Until adoRecordset.EOF
    ' Retrieve values and display.
    strName = adoRecordset.Fields("distinguishedName").Value
    arrMembers = adoRecordset.Fields("member").Value
    Wscript.Echo "Distribution Group: " & strName
    If IsNull(arrMembers) Then
    Wscript.Echo "-- <No Members>"
    For Each strMember In arrMembers
    Wscript.Echo "-- " & strMember
    End If
    ' Move to the next record in the recordset.

    ' Clean up.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    You can also use the ADFind from for this purpose and many others by running:

    adfind -b "fully_distinguished_name_of_the_group" member

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Check the below script but I dont know how to make it output the results in a CSV file:

    Set oRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE")
    strBase = "<LDAP://" & oRootDSE.get("defaultNamingContext") & ">;"
    strFilter = "(&(objectclass=group)(sAMAccountType=268435457));"
    strAttrs = "distinguishedName;"
    strScope = "subtree"

    Set objConn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
    objConn.Provider = "ADsDSOObject"
    objConn.Open "Active Directory Provider"
    Set objRS = objConn.Execute(strBase & strFilter & strAttrs & strScope)

    Dim objGroup
    While Not objRS.EOF
    Set objGroup = GetObject("LDAP://" & objRS.Fields(0).Value)
    WScript.Echo "Connected to group DN : " &
    WScript.Echo "Group Name : " & objGroup.sAMAccountName
    WScript.Echo "Members...."
    groupMembers = objGroup.member
    If IsEmpty(groupMembers) Then
    'No groups.
    ElseIf (TypeName(groupMembers) = "String") Then
    Set objMember = GetObject("LDAP://" & groupMembers)
    WScript.Echo "...." & objMember.sAMAccountName
    For Each strGroup In groupMembers
    Set objMember = GetObject("LDAP://" & strGroup)
    WScript.Echo "...." & objMember.sAMAccountName
    End If
    WScript.Echo ""

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