How to create a new OU in Active Directory using PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to create an OU in Active Directory using PowerShell and how you can get it done easier with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to create a new OU in AD using powershell :

  • Identify the domain in which the OU is to be created.
  • List the attributes that have to be added.
  • Create and compile the script for creating the desired OU. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for creating an OU:
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    PS C:\> New-ADOrganizationalUnit -Name "UserAccounts" -Path "DC=EXAMPLE,DC=COM"
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  • To create OUs in bulk, you have to write a separate script.

ADManager Plus

How to create a new OU in Active Directory :

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

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Although creating an OU with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations:

  • PowerShell script 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 OUs 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 OUs simultaneously with templates and by importing a CSV file containing the values for OU attributes. You can learn more about it here.

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