Only Return System.DateTime Properties from Get-ADComputer

I had one of those randomly appearing PowerShell questions last night. Windows PowerShell is a huge interest for me, so there’s really no surprise.

I wondered, How can only return the date time related properties from Get-ADComputer? It seems to happen quite often that I’ll need to view date and time information from Get-ADComputer (and Get-ADUser). It’s mildly cumbersome to scan though all the properties looking for dates and times in the property’s value — the ultimate reason behind this random thought.

The command I threw together was ugly, and seemed to lack a simpler approach. I stopped there, and decided to pass this one out to the community. Can you come with a better way?

Again, the idea is to return only the properties from Get-ADComputer that are System.DateTime properties (have System.DateTime in the Definition property of Get-Member). Take a look at my example and you might better understand my goal. I didn’t bother filtering out the default properties returned by Get-ADComputer (at first), but you’re welcome to do that, too. Cheers!

PS> Get-ADComputer -Identity SERVER01 -Properties ((Get-ADComputer -Identity SERVER01 -Properties * | Get-Member | Where-Object Definition -match 'System.DateTime').Name)

AccountExpirationDate  :
AccountLockoutTime     :
Created                : 9/12/2013 1:34:06 PM
createTimeStamp        : 9/12/2013 1:34:06 PM
DistinguishedName      : CN=SERVER01,OU=Finance,DC=mydomain,DC=com
DNSHostName            : SERVER01.mydomain.com
Enabled                : True
LastBadPasswordAttempt :
LastLogonDate          : 3/17/2014 10:35:35 AM
Modified               : 8/18/2014 11:48:34 AM
modifyTimeStamp        : 8/18/2014 11:48:34 AM
Name                   : SERVER01
ObjectClass            : computer
ObjectGUID             : 234cbaed59-1ab3-6ebc-9782-e9542bedaec
PasswordLastSet        : 3/14/2014 5:12:24 PM
SamAccountName         : SERVER01$
SID                    : S-1-5-21-174985627-956854884-123956358-942569
UserPrincipalName      :
whenChanged            : 8/18/2014 11:48:34 AM
whenCreated            : 9/12/2013 1:34:06 PM

Update1: I went ahead and edited the command so that it would not return the default Get-ADComputer properties (Name, SamAccountName, etc.), using the Select-Object cmdlet. I repeated the command I issued to the -Properties parameter of Get-ADComputer, as the value for Select-Object.

So, any takers? Can you come up with a better way to do this?

PS> Get-ADComputer -Identity SERVER01 -Properties ((Get-ADComputer -Identity SERVER01 -Properties * | Get-Member | Where-Object Definition -match 'System.DateTime').Name) | Select-Object (Get-ADComputer -Identity SERVER01 -Properties * | Get-Member | Where-Object Definition -match 'System.DateTime').Name

AccountExpirationDate  :
AccountLockoutTime     :
Created                : 9/12/2013 1:34:06 PM
createTimeStamp        : 9/12/2013 1:34:06 PM
LastBadPasswordAttempt :
LastLogonDate          : 3/17/2014 10:35:35 AM
Modified               : 8/18/2014 11:48:34 AM
modifyTimeStamp        : 8/18/2014 11:48:34 AM
PasswordLastSet        : 3/14/2014 5:12:24 PM
whenChanged            : 8/18/2014 11:48:34 AM
whenCreated            : 9/12/2013 1:34:06 PM

Update2: There’s a second update to this post. Jonathan Angliss tweeted a much cleaner solution — exactly what I had hoped someone might do. Here’s his contribution:

PS> Get-ADComputer -Identity SERVER01 -Properties * | ForEach-Object {$_.psobject.properties | Where-Object {$_.TypeNameofValue -eq 'System.DateTime'}} | Select-Object Name,Value

2 thoughts on “Only Return System.DateTime Properties from Get-ADComputer

  1. Ubuntu VPS

    It returns whole object where as I want to return specific property. Can anyone guide me how can I do it?

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  2. tommymaynard Post author

    If you’re referring to the last example command, then pipe it to another Where-Object: … |Where-Object Name -eq ‘Modified’. Seriously though, if you know the name of the property in which you want to filter, you’d modify the entire command; you’d use Get-ADComputer in a much more traditional approach. The idea behind this post is that I don’t know (or care) what the names are… I just wanted to return all the properties that held System.DateTime values.

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