How to delegate AD permission to Organisational Units using the PowerShell command Add-QADPermission



Getting started – Installing the ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory

The Add-QADPermission command is a third party PowerShell command so you will need to first download and install the new commands from the Quest site on the computer that you will be running the PowerShell commands. You can download the Quest ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory from here http://www.quest.com/PowerShell/activeroles-server.aspx and then install the MSI file.

Installing ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory

Step 1. After launching the MSI click “Next”

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Step 2. Tick “I accept the terms in the Licence Agreement” and click “Next”

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Step 2. 3lick “Next”

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Step 4. Click “Next”

Note: By ticking the “Change PowerShell execution policy from ‘Restricted’ to ‘AllSigned’  you are relaxing the execution policy of PowerShell. However you will still need to turn this off entirely for the testing of your script.

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Step 5. Click “Install”

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Step 6. Click “Finish”

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You have now successfully install the Quest ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory. Now it is time to use the new PowerShell Command.



Author: Alan Burchill

Microsoft MVP (Group Policy)

13 thoughts on “How to delegate AD permission to Organisational Units using the PowerShell command Add-QADPermission

  1. How to delegate AD permission to Organisational Units using the PowerShell command Add-QADPermission

    Is your organization sensational? Is that why you spell it organisational?

  2. Allan;

    When I try to use the Add-QADPermission commandlet (following your example above) in a test environment I get the following error:

    Add-QADPermission : The search filter is invalid.
    At C:\WindowsPowerShell\test-it.ps1:33 char:18
    + Add-QADPermission <<<< -Identity "OU=New-OU,dc=XXX,dc=XXX=dc=XX,dc=XX" -Account "-XXXX Delegation of Authority\Security Role Groups\Role-Adm-Account-Management" -Rights GenericAll -ApplyTo ChildObjects -ApplyToType Group
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Add-QADPermission], LdapException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.DirectoryServices.Protocols.LdapException,Quest.ActiveRoles.ArsPowerShellSnapIn.Cmdlets.AddPermi
    ssionCmdlet

    I have tried both with and without the '-identity' parameter specified and with the input string as above and also in a variable.

    I haven't run into any similar problems running other commandlets from the snapin but this one has me stumped. Any suggestions as to what I've got wrong.

  3. Not sure if it is just how you typed it but… -Account “-XXXX Delegation of Authority\Security Role Groups\Role-Adm-Account-Management” appears to be wrong… there should not be more than one “\” in the group name…

  4. Okay, now I get.

    WARNING: Can’t lookup account for identity: ‘XXX.XXX.XX.XX\Role-Adm-Account-Management’
    WARNING: No valid accounts specified. Searching permissions for all accounts.
    WARNING: Can’t lookup object for identity: OU=New-OU,dc=XXX,dc=XXX=dc=XX,dc=XX

    I’m running my testing at (this point) as Domain Admin in the test environment so why can’t I look up the identity?

  5. Your post helped me a lot, but had some issues with delegating Reset Password Permission

    Here is what I found out
    The command: Add-QADPermission “OU=People,DC=Contoso,DC=Local” -Account “CONTOSO\User Operators” -ExtendedRight User-Change-Password -ApplyTo ChildObjects -ApplyToType User
    need to be changed to
    Add-QADPermission “OU=People,DC=Contoso,DC=Local” -Account “CONTOSO\User Operators” -ExtendedRight User-Force-Change-Password -ApplyTo ChildObjects -ApplyToType User

    User-Change-Password
    Permits changing password on user account.

    User-Force-Change-Password
    Permits reseting password on user account.

    Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff405676.aspx

    If you use the delegation Wizard to delegate the Reset Password permission, you’ll find out the a get-qadpermission, returns RIGHTS: Reset Password, not Change Password

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