Going back to CSVDE School -Parameters, Switches you name it… We do Old Skool..

Before the joys of Export-CSV there used to be another way of dumping Active Directory data to CSV using again native tooling. In a recent project I have had to rediscover the old ways and go back to school to learn the required switches, which I am now going to share with you all.

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SwitchDescription
-aUserDistinguishedName Password.  If you must use these switches, then treat  -a and -b as a pair.  A likely scenario is that you are logged on as non-administrator and wish to run CSVDE against your Active Directory.  As a non-administrator, you would get an error unless you employ these switches to connect with the correct credentials
-bUserDistinguishedName Password.  If you must use these switches, then treat  -a and -b as a pair.  A likely scenario is that you are logged on as non-administrator and wish to run CSVDE against your Active Directory.  As a non-administrator, you would get an error unless you employ these switches to connect with the correct credentials
-cString1 String2.  This switch replaces all olddomain names in String1 with newdomain names String2.  Could be used to change all dc=oldom distinguished name in the export domain (String1) with dc=newdom of the import domain (String2). 
-dThis is useful filter switch for when you want to export from just one OU.  Use the -d switch to set the root directory for the export.  For example, if you are only interested in an OU called Newport type, CSVDE -f export.csv -d “OU=mycompany,DC=domain,DC=com”.  Note, there are no spaces between domain,DC=com.
-ffilename is a mandatory switch for both import and export.  Simply specify the .csv file for transfer data.  It makes life easier if this file is in the same directory as you issue the CSVDE command.  Here is an export example CSVDE -f export.csv
-gOmits paged searches.   I have never bothered with this switch.
-iSwitches CSVDE to import mode.  For example, CSVDE -i -f export.csv.  Remember that the default mode is export, in which case it’s just plain CSVDE -f FileName.csv 
-jPath Sets the log file directory.  The point of a log file is that it’s permanent where as the -v verbose mode is ephemeral.  -j creates one or two log files.  It always creates a file called csv.log, additionally it creates csv.err if it encounters any errors.
-jTrap: As far as I can see without the -j switch, CSVDE will not create a log file at all.  I mention this as other documentation suggests that you are just setting the path, in my opinion, with -j you are creating the file as well as setting its path.
-kUseful for ignoring simple errors: “Object already exists,” “Constraint violation,” and “Attribute or value already exists.”  I almost always use this switch as part of the CSVDE import command
-lLDAP Attributes.   On the one hand, I think of L for list, on the other hand I think of -l as a column-wise filter.  What this switch does is export only the LDAP properties that you are interested in and ignores the rest of the attributes.  Example CSVDE -f export.csv  -l “DN, objectclass, objectcategory, givenName, sn”.  Note the position of speech marks and commas.
-mAnother column-wise filter.  Omits Active Directory properties such as the ObjectGUID, objectSID, pwdLastSet and samAccountType attributes.

I hope these switches help you, like they have helped me and credit to all the previous bloggers which enabled me to get this list together.

Regards

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