I want to add users to AD using the following command in Powershell: (This is a single line command but I am breaking apart it to be more readable)

import-csv C:\list.csv | 

Foreach-Object {

    New-ADUser -Name ([string]::Concat($_.Name , " " , $_.Surname))  
               -GivenName $_.Name  
               -Surname $_.Surname  
               -UserPrincipalName $_.IDNumber  
               -SamAccountName $_.IDNumber  
               -AccountPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString $_.IDNumber -AsPlainText -force)  
               -Description $_.UnitName  
               -DisplayName ([string]::Concat("'", $_.Name , " " , $_.Surname, "'"))  
               -ChangePasswordAtLogon $true  
               -Enabled $True 
               -Path ([string]::Concat("OU=" , $_.Group , ",DC=mydomain,DC=local"))

When I run the command I get a "bad syntax" error.

New-ADUser : The object name has bad syntax At C:\addUsers.ps1:6 char:5 + New-ADUser -Name ([string]::Concat($.Name , " " , $.Surname)) -GivenName $_.A ... + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (CN=JOHN WAYNE,OU=,DC=mydomain,DC=local:String) [New-ADUser], ADException

  • FullyQualifiedErrorId : ActiveDirectoryServer:8335, Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.NewADUser

Since I am new to Active Directory and Powershell I thought it is best to ask here for a guidance.


Try the following:

-Name $($_.Name + " " + $_.Surname)

I don't have the cmdlet to test it with, but this should concatenate the first and last name with a space between.

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  • I accept this as an answer in order community to be informed, eventhough I did something else. – Özkan ÖZLÜ Mar 11 '16 at 10:05

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