Check when user was added to AD group

Today I will show you script to check when user was added to AD group.

Script is using functionality of repadmin tool to check when users were modified inside the group.
Showobjmeta displays the replication metadata for a specified object stored in Active Directory, so it can be used not only for group membership checking.
You can find other functionalities of this tool on TechNet site.
Output from repadmin tool is parsed by regex to read all information in easy way and put them in Powershell object(in our case it’s Array).

Example of usage:

Get-ADGroupMemberDate -Group "Domain Admins"


Function Get-ADGroupMemberDate {
    Param (
    Begin {
        [regex]$pattern = '^(?<State>\w+)\s+member(?:\s(?<DateTime>\d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2}\s\d{2}:\d{2}:\d{2})\s+(?:.*\\)?(?<DC>\w+|(?:(?:\w{8}-(?:\w{4}-){3}\w{12})))\s+(?:\d+)\s+(?:\d+)\s+(?<Modified>\d+))?'
        $DomainController = ($env:LOGONSERVER -replace "\\\\")
            Throw "Computer from which script is run is not joined to domain and domain controller can not be identified."
        Write-Verbose "Checking distinguished name of the group $Group"
            $distinguishedName = (Get-ADGroup -Identity $Group).DistinguishedName
            Write-Warning "$group can not be found!"
        $RepadminMetaData = (repadmin /showobjmeta $DomainController $distinguishedName | Select-String "^\w+\s+member" -Context 2)
        $Array = @()
        ForEach ($rep in $RepadminMetaData) 
           If ($rep.line -match $pattern) 
               $object = New-Object PSObject -Property  @{
                    Username = [regex]::Matches($rep.context.postcontext,"CN=(?<Username>.*?),.*") | ForEach {$_.Groups['Username'].Value}
                    LastModified = If ($matches.DateTime) {[datetime]$matches.DateTime} Else {$Null}
                    DomainController = $matches.dc
                    Group = $group
                    State = $matches.state
                    ModifiedCounter = $matches.modified
                $Array += $object
        $Array = $Array | Format-Table -AutoSize

In result you will receive array with information with folowing informations:
Username – full name of the user which is/was a member of specific group
LastModified – information when user was added or removed from group
DomainController – information on which DC user was added/removed
Group – name of the group
State – information about user membership – PRESENT or ABSENT
ModifiedCounter – information about how often user account was modified in group

Now you know how to check when user was added to AD Group.

I hope it will be usefull for some of you 🙂

2 thoughts on “Check when user was added to AD group

  1. Get-ADGroupMemberDate : The term ‘Get-ADGroupMemberDate’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the
    path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Get-ADGroupMemberDate
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Get-ADGroupMemberDate:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

    1. Hi Chad,

      Before you call function you must load it to your PowerShell code editor (ISE, Visual Studio Code, etc).
      Copy code from Script part, paste to your editor and run.
      Right after that you can use command Get-ADGroupMemberDate -Group “GroupName”.
      Hope now it’s clear 😉


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