Active Directory Powershell: Quick tip LastLogonTimeStamp and pwdLastSet


 

Here is a quick tip on how to quickly convert properties like LastLogonTimeStamp and pwdLastSet into readable results in your PowerShell Script.

The problem, when running commands like get-aduser or get-adcomputer, results of fields are unreadable and require additional formatting in order to read.

Example:

get-aduser chad -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | select samaccountname, lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet

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There are several blogs on how to use a calculated property to convert and display the results, that is not the purpose of this blog entry. For me I usually forget how to do this (older I get the less I remember) and have to review previous scripts on how to do this each time I write one.  I also usually write bigger scripts were I have to perform this same conversion multiple times, which causes my script to grow in size and makes it a little more difficult to read.

This is how most articles and blogs do this conversion.

Example:

get-aduser chad -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | select samaccountname, `
    @{Name="LastLogonTimeStamp";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.LastLogonTimeStamp))}},`
    @{Name="pwdLastSet";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.pwdLastSet))}}

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Now keep in mind copying and pasting this over and over isn't that hard.  But I’m going to provide a way to define it once in a script and then just reference it as needed. In additional going to provide a way to add this to PowerShell ISE as a snippet so that it can be added in a script as needed.

Here is the solution, store the calculated property hash into a variable, reference the variable instead of the entire hash.

Example:

$hash_lastLogonTimestamp = @{Name="LastLogonTimeStamp";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.LastLogonTimeStamp))}}
$hash_pwdLastSet = @{Name="pwdLastSet";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.pwdLastSet))}}
 
get-aduser chad -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | `
    select samaccountname, $hash_lastLogonTimestamp,$hash_pwdLastSet

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Using the variable I can define this once and reuse it through out a script or the PowerShell cli

Example:

$hash_lastLogonTimestamp = @{Name="LastLogonTimeStamp";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.LastLogonTimeStamp))}}
$hash_pwdLastSet = @{Name="pwdLastSet";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.pwdLastSet))}}
 
get-aduser chad -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | `
    select samaccountname, $hash_lastLogonTimestamp,$hash_pwdLastSet
get-adcomputer corp-apps -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | `
    select samaccountname, $hash_lastLogonTimestamp,$hash_pwdLastSet
get-aduser ryan -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | `
    select samaccountname, $hash_lastLogonTimestamp,$hash_pwdLastSet
get-adcomputer corp-web01 -properties lastlogontimestamp,pwdLastSet | `
    select samaccountname, $hash_lastLogonTimestamp,$hash_pwdLastSet

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For those that use PowerShell ISE,  make this something to easily reference by using ise snippets.  More Information

Here is that cmdlets to run in ISE to make this a snippet:

New-IseSnippet -Description "Convert Active Directory property LastLogonTimestamp" `
    -Text '$hash_lastLogonTimestamp = @{Name="LastLogonTimeStamp";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.LastLogonTimeStamp))}}' `
    -Title "Convert LastLogonTimeStamp" -Author "Chad"
 
New-IseSnippet -Description "Convert Active Directory property pwdLastSet" `
    -Text '$hash_pwdLastSet = @{Name="pwdLastSet";Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($_.pwdLastSet))}}' `
    -Title "Convert pwdLastSet" -Author "Chad"

 

In Powershell ISE, put the cursor on the line where the snippet needs to go, Press Ctrl + j and then select the newly created snippet.

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Update:

For those that use Visual Studio Code can create snippets just like in ISE More information

Select File, preferences, user snippet, search for PowerShell, Modify the powershell.json with this:

"Convert LastLogonTimestamp":{
    "prefix": "LastLogonTimestamp",
    "body": [
        "$hash_lastLogonTimestamp = @{Name='LastLogonTimeStamp';Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($$_.LastLogonTimeStamp))}}"],
    "description": "Convert Active Directory property LastLogonTimestamp"
},
"Convert pwdLastSet":{
    "prefix": "pwdLastSet",
    "body": [
        "$hash_pwdLastSet = @{Name='pwdLastSet';Expression={([datetime]::FromFileTime($$_.pwdLastSet))}}"],
    "description": "Convert Active Directory property pwdLastSet"
}

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With visual code, you can just start typing the prefix to get the code snippet, very easy (pictured Below)

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select the code snippet and press enter.

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Just like that no longer do I have to look through previous scripts.

That is all I have for now, Hope you find this useful.

-Chad

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