I am trying to write a script to add a group to an OU, I've stripped out the script and am using the command line to find the error and it looks like -path is incorrect, how do I use powershell to create a group in the specific OU without using -path.


New-ADGroup -name _AB_Read -GroupCategory Security -GroupScope Global -Path OU=TEST,OU=NEW_Groups,DC=Corp1,DC=net


New-ADGroup : Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'System.String' required by parameter 'Path'. Specified method is not supported.

At line:1 char:77

  • New-ADGroup -name _PL_Read -GroupCategory Security -GroupScope Global -Path OU=V ...

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    • CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [New-ADGroup], ParameterBindingException

    • FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConvertArgument,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.NewADGroup

1 Answer 1


Your -Path should look like this -path "OU=TEST,OU=NEW_Groups,DC=Corp1,DC=net". You need " enclosing your path.

Without quotes, it will fail.

So, a new AD group in your desired OU should look like this

New-ADGroup -GroupCategory:"Security" -GroupScope:"Global" -Name:"test1" -Path:"OU=TestOU,DC=Contoso,DC=local" -SamAccountName:"test1" -Server:"dc.contoso.local"
  • Good catch. One note: you should use single quotes when you don't need to evaluate an expression, saves a few cycles compared to double quotes which force evaluation of the expression.
    – Jeter-work
    Aug 24, 2016 at 15:48
  • Cool! Good to know. Every cycle saved is a win in my book. Yeah, my AD powershell knowledge is from using Poweshell history in AD Admin Center. It always shows double quotes so that is what I do. Aug 24, 2016 at 15:52
  • Thats a good one, worked perfect, and thanks for the tip!
    – JJJJNR
    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:39

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