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CHAPTER 8: Managing Active Directory wit... > Work with Active Directory

Work with Active Directory

PowerShell lets you automate users and groups in your AD environment. In Windows Server 2008, you could use PowerShell to manage objects, but it was cumbersome. Windows Server 2008 R2 includes several improvements and additions for easy management with Windows PowerShell. Newly created PowerShell cmdlets and the new AD recycle bin provide easier access to working with AD at a PowerShell level. You will see both of these in this section.

Load the AD PowerShell Module

Before you can begin using the new cmdlets, you need to load the AD PowerShell module. The AD PowerShell modules are installed by default on your Windows Server 2008 R2 server after you install Active Directory Domain Services. There are two ways you can load the AD module:


  

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