Monthly Archives: May 2019

PowerShell – Change homedirectory permissions in bulk.

Recently I was asked to change the homedirectory permissions for >4000 users from Full Control, to ready only.

I’ve used below powershell commands to achieve this.

Firstly we need to get all SamAccountName’s in a .csv list. (Change the searchbase).

Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase "OU=www,DC=iterrors,DC=com" | Where { $_.Enabled -eq $True} | select SamAccountName | export-csv c:\temp\

Afer we created the .csv file we need to run below script, this will query all users for their homedirectory path and change the permissions.

Import-Module 'ActiveDirectory'
import-csv c:\temp\iterrors.csv | foreach-object{
$homeDrive = (Get-ADUser -Identity $_.SamAccountName -Properties homedirectory).homedirectory #Query AD for the HomeDrive attribute
$user = (Get-ADUser -Identity $_.SamAccountName -Properties SamAccountName).SamAccountName #Query AD for the SamAccountName attribute
$ACL = Get-Acl $homeDrive
$ACL.setAccessRule((New-Object System.Security.AccessControl.FileSystemAccessRule($_.SamAccountName, "ReadAndExecute", "ContainerInherit,ObjectInherit", "none", "allow")))
Write-Host "Changing permissions on $homeDrive for user $user" -ForegroundColor Magenta
Set-Acl $homeDrive $ACL