How to Delete AD User Using PowerShell?

You can remove user objects from an Active Directory domain by using the Remove-ADUser PowerShell cmdlet. This cmdlet is a part of the ActiveDirectory Module for Windows PowerShell, which must be pre-installed and imported into the PoSh session with the command:

Import-Module activedirectory

The syntax of the Remove-ADUser cmdlet looks as follows:

Remove-ADUser [-Identity] <ADUser> [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [-AuthType <ADAuthType> {Negotiate | Basic}] [-Credential <pscredential>] [-Partition <string>] [-Server <string>] [<CommonParameters>]

In the -Identity parameter you must specify the AD user account to remove. You can specify a username in several ways, by using: distinguished name (DN), GUID, security identifier (SID) or SAM account name.

To remove the user with the user logon name b.jackson, run the command:

Remove-ADUser b.jackson

A prompt appears that asks you to confirm the removal of the user object from the domain. To delete a user, press Y > Enter.

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To remove AD user without confirmation prompt, add -Confirm:$False at the end:

Remove-ADUser b.jackson -Confirm:$False

You can remove several domain users at once using a simple PowerShell script. Create a text file Users.txt with a list of users to remove.






To remove AD users from the list from a text file, use the following PowerShell script:

Import-Module Activedirectory

$users = Get-Content "c:\PS\Users.txt"

ForEach ($user in $users)


Start-Sleep -s "1"

Remove-ADUser -Identity $remove -Confirm:$false

Write-host $user "Deleted"




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Before running the script, it is advisable to run it once in the –WhatIf mode.

If you want to log the results (which users were deleted) to a text file, add the following pipeline:

| Out-File c:\ps\removeusers_log.txt -Encoding ASCII -Append -PassThru

You can delete all blocked (disabled) user accounts in domain. To select disabled AD users, use the Search-ADAccount cmdlet (available in PowerShell 4.0 and newer):

Search-ADAccount -AccountDisabled | where {$_.ObjectClass -eq 'user'} | Remove-ADUser

Using PowerShell and the LastLogon attribute, you can find inactive user accounts that have not logged into the domain, for example, more than 6 months. To remove such user objects, run the script:

$lastdate= (Get-Date).AddDays(-180)

Get-ADUser -Properties LastLogonDate -Filter {LastLogonDate -lt $lastdate } | Remove-ADUser –WhatIF

You can run a simple PowerShell onliner to remove disabled and inactive users from a specific Organizational Unit in Active Directory:

get-aduser -filter "enabled -eq 'false'" -property WhenChanged -SearchBase "OU=Employees,OU=HQ,DC=theitbros,DC=com" | where {$_.WhenChanged -le (Get-Date).AddDays(-180)} | Remove-ADuser -whatif
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  1. In this script
    Import-Module Activedirectory

    $users = Get-Content “c:\PS\Users.txt”

    ForEach ($user in $users)


    Start-Sleep -s “1”

    Remove-ADUser -Identity $remove -Confirm:$false

    Write-host $user “Deleted”


    Shouldn’t $remove be $user instead ?

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