PowerTip: Use PowerShell to pick a random name from a list


Summary: Using the Get-Random Cmdlet to select a random list of names instead of numbers

Hey! Dr. Scripto!

I’d like to pick a random name from a list to generate user names in my lab.   Could you show me an example?

I’d be delighted to.   Just use an array of names and then add them as a parameter to Get-Random.   You could even pipe it to Get-Random if you liked as well.

$NameList='John','Charlotte','Sean','Colleen','Namoli','Maura','Neula'

Get-Random -InputObject $NameList

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Windows PowerShell, Sean Kearney, Scripting Guy, PowerTip

Comments (1)

  1. MaxFLipz says:

    Instructions are too confusing and time consuming to complete. Using a text file, one item per line use
    $name = Get-Content .\File.txt
    Get-Random -InputObject $name

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