Where are the free Quest AD PowerShell cmdlets?

Update (July 21, 2017):  I said it in the comments, but I guess people aren’t reading that far down…  I appreciate that people like the Quest AD PowerShell module, but I will not allow links to pirated copies of the module to be posted on my site.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the link doesn’t come directly from Dell, Quest, or whoever owns this software now, I’m not going to let anyone post the link in a comment. People are welcome to use Google and find it themselves, but I’m not going to let this blog become a conduit for that. Even if it is/was freeware, you shouldn’t be downloading PowerShell modules from third parties and the copyright holder still owns the software and the ability to distribute it.

I moved on and started using the official Microsoft AD module… you might want to consider doing the same.

Update (December 27, 2016): And, looks like they’re available on Quest’s site again (thanks to Robert in the comments!):  https://support.quest.com/download-install-detail/5024645.

Update (December 3, 2016): As a few people have pointed out, the link has died again.  I’ve had a few people post a link to a web site that is hosting the files, but I’m not going to post that link.  If they’re making it this hard to find the PowerShell module, it’s time to move on and use the official AD module from Microsoft.

Update (May 19, 2016): Many thanks to commenter Killian!  It looks like Dell has moved it… again.  This is the second time that the link has broken by my count.  My advice?  Don’t use the Quest/Dell PowerShell cmdlets.  Use the Microsoft provide AD module.  Dell clearly doesn’t want people finding the download for this tool.

I recently had the need to share the download link for the Quest PowerShell cmdlets for Active Directory and had some issues finding it.  I found that going to Quest.com, resulted in an error:

notice quest.com will be retired soon please visit our new site at software.dell.comI get the whole branding thing, but killing off a domain name and breaking everyone’s links, Favorites, etc…. that’s really annoying.  Apparently the domain name change from Dell acquiring Quest isn’t the only thing that’s changed.

Nonetheless, here’s the link:  http://software.dell.com/products/active-roles/powershell.aspx

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  1. Thank you, this was incredibly helpful.

  2. Thank you SO MUCH! I was running in circles on Dell’s site checking on trials for ActiveRoles server…ugh. Thanks Kyle, I wish you a wonderful YEAR (you saved my butt.)

  3. You’re a life saver; thank you.

  4. Thanks for the QAD tool link.

  5. Thank you! Couldn’t find these

  6. Thank you. It helped me a lot

  7. The link is down 🙁

    1. Looks like they changed their URL’s… again… I found it and updated the link.

  8. And they’ve moved it again. All this does is make me NOT want to work with Dell.

  9. Hi everyone,

    [link redacted]/Quest_ActiveRoles_Management_Shell_Download
    1.5.1 (last free version)

    1. FYI… if the link doesn’t come directly from Dell, I’m not going to let anyone post the link in a comment. People are welcome to use Google and find it themselves, but I’m not going to let this blog become a conduit for that. Even if it is/was freeware, Dell still owns the software and the ability to distribute it.

  10. It appears that Dell Software has been purchased by another company. Fortunately, I still had a previous installer of the 1.5 snap-in. I just came across this post because I was looking to see if there was a link to an updated version.

  11. I just found it here:

    [link redacted]

    1. I appreciate the desire to help people find this old PowerShell module, but the link that was provided was not from an official source. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the link doesn’t come directly from Dell (or whoever owns this software now), I’m not going to let anyone post the link in a comment. People are welcome to use Google and find it themselves, but I’m not going to let this blog become a conduit for that. Even if it is/was freeware, Dell still owns the software and the ability to distribute it.

      If Dell isn’t posting this where it is easy to find, take the hint and move to the official module.

    1. That link requires you to have at lease one licensed copy of any product from Quest in order to register on their site as it is a support site. Hence, no joe blow can get the PS product using that link. Only customers of Quest can get it… maybe.

  12. Found them here [link redacted because it is not from the PowerShell module owner]

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