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This post includes an example of how we can use ADSI to list nested members of an AD group.  In other words, if the group contains nested groups, it will iteratively search all the members of those nested groups too.

$global:found = 0;

function Find-Enabled-Members

    if (!([adsi]::Exists("LDAP://$DN"))) {
        write-host "$DN does not exist"

    $group = [adsi]("LDAP://$DN")

    ($group).member | ForEach-Object {

        $groupObject = [adsisearcher]"(&(distinguishedname=$($_)))"  
        $groupObjectProps = $groupObject.FindOne().Properties
        if ($groupObjectProps.objectcategory -like "CN=group*") { 
            #search nested group
            Find-Enabled-Members "$_"
        } else {
            $userenabled = ($groupObjectProps.useraccountcontrol[0] -band 2) -ne 2

            #which properties to choose from (these are case-sensitive!)
            #write-host $groupObject.FindOne().Properties.PropertyNames
            if ($userenabled) {
                write-host "Found $($groupObjectProps.samaccountname) in $($group.Name)"
                $global:found += 1


Find-Enabled-Members "CN=GroupToSearch,OU=Applications,DC=alkanesolutions,DC=co,DC=uk"
write-host "Total members incl nested members is $($global:found)"
write-host "Total direct members is $($group.member.count)"



Use ADSI to List Nested Members of an AD Group
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