We are setting up ADFS for identity federation with a Microsoft Online service. The documentation states that "Groups without a displayname will NOT get synchronized..." We have over 250 groups that have a blank displayname attribute.

Does anyone know of a way to set the displayname attribute to match the cn attribute for all groups where the displayname is blank?

  • Could also use name or sAMAccountName attributes to update displayname. Dec 18, 2012 at 14:42

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Using the Microsoft Powershell commands you can do this. You need to import the AD module if you do not have it already imported into your current powershell session.

Get-ADGroup -filter * -Properties Displayname | Where-Object {$_.displayname -eq $null} | ForEach-Object {Set-ADGroup -Identity
$_ -DisplayName $_.SamaccountName}
  • Great. Glad I could help.
    – Mike
    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:36

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