Split-Path is a very useful command which allows you to do string manipulation with file paths. It chops up paths into Parent/Child directory names, file names and can also determine if the path in question is relative or absolute etc. Check out http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd315377.aspx for more details.
However, there are times when output from another command is in a format similar to:
firstname.lastname@example.orgSome_GUID OR child.example.com/Some_OU/Display_Name
Note: In example two, they are forward slashes. Your goal here could be to extract the mailbox address from the first example or Domain/OU information from the second. Instead of doing the usual string manipulation on this output, you could make it easier by using Split-Path to split the information by either piping the relevant property into the split-path command or using something similar to:
split-path((get-user -anr $_.Address).Identity)
where “Address” is the mail address(es) passed to the command by some mechanism e.g. Import-CSV or ForEach etc. This particular example will give you the Domain/OU information for that user.
It’s not the most obvious use of Split-Path and certainly not the most authentic but is definitely easy and effective in most cases. Have a go and see what happens!