How to create a group in Active Directory using PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to create a 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 is to be created.
  • List the attributes that have to be added.
  • Create and compile the script for creating the desired group. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for creating a group:
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    PS C:\> Import-Module ActiveDirectory New-ADGroup -Name "DemoGroup1" -SamAccountName "DemoGroup1" -GroupScope Global -GroupCategory Security
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  • To create groups in bulk, you have to write a separate script.

ADManager Plus

  • Navigate to Management > Group Management > Create Single Group.
  • Enter the attribute values for the group. You can even import this list from a CSV file. Click Create.


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Although creating 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 attributes are to be added.
  • Need for a new script, in case multiple groups are to be created.
  • 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 lets you perform the same with a few clicks from its web based GUI console. It also has options for creating multiple groups simultaneously with templates and by importing a CSV file containing the values for the group attributes. You can learn more about it here.

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