How to add an Active Directory group to another using PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to add a group object to another group in Active Directory (AD) using PowerShell and how you can get it done easier with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

  • Identify the domain in which the group that is to be modified, is located.
  • Create and compile the script for adding the desired group. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for adding a group object to another group:
PS C:\> Import-Module ActiveDirectory New-ADGroup -Name "DemoGroup1" -SamAccountName "DemoGroup1" -GroupScope Global -GroupCategory Security
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ADManager Plus

  • Navigate to Management > Group Management > Modify Single Group.
  • Select the Domain and the AD Account(s) you wish to add to the group. Then click Apply.


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Although modifying a group with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations:

  • PowerShell scripts can be run only from the computers which have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed in them.
  • The script has to be rewritten if additional user accounts are to be added.
  • Need for a new script, in case multiple groups are to be added.
  • The syntax, parameters and iterations need to be correct. A typo or incorrect syntax might be difficult to spot and rectify, especially when the script is a long one.

ADManager Plus helps you perform the same with a few clicks from its web based GUI console with pre-defined reports to list all members of a group and manage them right from the reports. Learn more about it here.

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