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New-ADGroup

Updated: July 8, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows Server 2012 R2

New-ADGroup

Creates an Active Directory group.

Syntax

Parameter Set: Default
New-ADGroup [-Name] <String> [-GroupScope] <ADGroupScope> {DomainLocal | Global | Universal} [-AuthType <ADAuthType> {Negotiate | Basic} ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-Description <String> ] [-DisplayName <String> ] [-GroupCategory <ADGroupCategory> {Distribution | Security} ] [-HomePage <String> ] [-Instance <ADGroup> ] [-ManagedBy <ADPrincipal> ] [-OtherAttributes <Hashtable> ] [-PassThru] [-Path <String> ] [-SamAccountName <String> ] [-Server <String> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The New-ADGroup cmdlet creates a new Active Directory group object. Many object properties are defined by setting cmdlet parameters. Properties that cannot be set by cmdlet parameters can be set using the OtherAttributes parameter.

The Name and GroupScope parameters specify the name and scope of the group and are required to create a new group. You can define the new group as a security or distribution group by setting the GroupType parameter. The Path parameter specifies the container or organizational unit (OU) for the group.

The following methods explain different ways to create an object by using this cmdlet.

Method 1: Use the New-ADGroup cmdlet, specify the required parameters, and set any additional property values by using the cmdlet parameters.

Method 2: Use a template to create the new object. To do this, create a new group object or retrieve a copy of an existing group object and set the Instance parameter to this object. The object provided to the Instance parameter is used as a template for the new object. You can override property values from the template by setting cmdlet parameters. For more information, see the Instance parameter description for this cmdlet.

Method 3: Use the Import-CSV cmdlet with the New-ADGroup cmdlet to create multiple Active Directory group objects. To do this, use the Import-CSV cmdlet to create the custom objects from a comma-separated value (CSV) file that contains a list of object properties. Then pass these objects through the pipeline to the New-ADGroup cmdlet to create the group objects.

Parameters

-AuthType<ADAuthType>

Specifies the authentication method to use. The acceptable values for this parameter are: 

-- Negotiate or 0
-- Basic or 1

The default authentication method is Negotiate.

A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection is required for the Basic authentication method.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.AuthType.Negotiate

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Credential<PSCredential>

Specifies the user account credentials to use to perform this task. The default credentials are the credentials of the currently logged on user unless the cmdlet is run from an Active Directory PowerShell provider drive. If the cmdlet is run from such a provider drive, the account associated with the drive is the default.

To specify this parameter, you can type a user name, such as User1 or Domain01\User01 or you can specify a PSCredential object. If you specify a user name for this parameter, the cmdlet prompts for a password.

You can also create a PSCredential object by using a script or by using the Get-Credential cmdlet. You can then set the Credential parameter to the PSCredential object.

If the acting credentials do not have directory-level permission to perform the task, Active Directory PowerShell returns a terminating error.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Description<String>

Specifies a description of the object. This parameter sets the value of the Description property for the object. The LDAP Display Name (ldapDisplayName) for this property is description.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-DisplayName<String>

Specifies the display name of the object. This parameter sets the DisplayName property of the object. The LDAP Display Name (ldapDisplayName) for this property is displayName.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-GroupCategory<ADGroupCategory>

Specifies the category of the group. The acceptable values for this parameter are: 

-- Distribution or 0
-- Security or 1

This parameter sets the GroupCategory property of the group. This parameter value combined with other group values sets the LDAP Display Name (ldapDisplayName) attribute named groupType.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

Security

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-GroupScope<ADGroupScope>

Specifies the group scope of the group. The acceptable values for this parameter are: 

-- DomainLocal or 0
-- Global or 1
-- Universal or 2

This parameter sets the GroupScope property of a group object to the specified value. The LDAP display name of this property is groupType.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

3

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-HomePage<String>

Specifies the URL of the home page of the object. This parameter sets the homePage property of an Active Directory object. The LDAP Display Name (ldapDisplayName) for this property is wWWHomePage.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Instance<ADGroup>

Specifies an instance of a group object to use as a template for a new group object.

You can use an instance of an existing group object as a template or you can construct a new group object by using the Windows PowerShell command line or by using a script.

Method 1: Use an existing group object as a template for a new object. Use the Get-ADGroup cmdlet to retrieve a group object then pass this object to the Instance parameter of the New-ADGroup cmdlet to create a new group object. You can override property values of the new object by setting the appropriate parameters.

Method 2: Create a new ADGroup object and set the property values by using the Windows PowerShell command line interface. Then pass this object to the Instance parameter of the New-ADGroup cmdlet to create the new group object.

Note: Specified attributes are not validated, so attempting to set attributes that do not exist or cannot be set will raise an error.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ManagedBy<ADPrincipal>

Specifies the user or group that manages the object by providing one of the following property values. Note: The identifier in parentheses is the LDAP display name for the property. The acceptable values for this parameter are: 

-- A Distinguished Name
-- A GUID (objectGUID)
-- A Security Identifier (objectSid)
-- SAM Account Name (sAMAccountName)


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Name<String>

Specifies the name of the object. This parameter sets the Name property of the Active Directory object. The LDAP Display Name (ldapDisplayName) of this property is name.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

2

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-OtherAttributes<Hashtable>

Specifies object attribute values for attributes that are not represented by cmdlet parameters. You can set one or more parameters at the same time with this parameter. If an attribute takes more than one value, you can assign multiple values. To identify an attribute, specify the LDAPDisplayName (ldapDisplayName) defined for it in the Active Directory schema.

Syntax:

To specify a single value for an attribute:

-OtherAttributes @{'AttributeLDAPDisplayName'=value}

To specify multiple values for an attribute

-OtherAttributes @{'AttributeLDAPDisplayName'=value1,value2,...}

You can specify values for more than one attribute by using semicolons to separate attributes. The following syntax shows how to set values for multiple attributes:

-OtherAttributes @{'Attribute1LDAPDisplayName'=value; 'Attribute2LDAPDisplayName'=value1,value2;...}


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PassThru

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Path<String>

Specifies the X.500 path of the Organizational Unit (OU) or container where the new object is created.

In many cases, a default value will be used for the Path parameter if no value is specified. The rules for determining the default value are given below. Note that rules listed first are evaluated first and once a default value can be determined, no further rules will be evaluated.

In AD DS environments, a default value for Path will be set in the following cases:

-- If the cmdlet is run from an Active Directory PowerShell provider drive, the parameter is set to the current path of the provider drive.
-- If the cmdlet has a default path, this will be used. For example: in New-ADUser, the Path parameter would default to the Users container.
-- If none of the previous cases apply, the default value of Path will be set to the default partition or naming context of the target domain.

In AD LDS environments, a default value for Path will be set in the following cases:

-- If the cmdlet is run from an Active Directory PowerShell provider drive, the parameter is set to the current path of the provider drive.
-- If the cmdlet has a default path, this will be used. For example: in New-ADUser, the Path parameter would default to the Users container.
-- If the target AD LDS instance has a default naming context, the default value of Path will be set to the default naming context. To specify a default naming context for an AD LDS environment, set the msDS-defaultNamingContext property of the Active Directory directory service agent (DSA) object (nTDSDSA) for the AD LDS instance.
-- If none of the previous cases apply, the Path parameter will not take any default value.

Note: The Active Directory Provider cmdlets, such New-Item, Remove-Item, Remove-ItemProperty, Rename-Item, and Set-ItemProperty also contain a Path property. However, for the provider cmdlets, the Path parameter identifies the path of the actual object and not the container as with the Active Directory cmdlets.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-SamAccountName<String>

Specifies the Security Account Manager (SAM) account name of the user, group, computer, or service account. The maximum length of the description is 256 characters. To be compatible with older operating systems, create a SAM account name that is 20 characters or less. This parameter sets the SAMAccountName for an account object. The LDAP display name (ldapDisplayName) for this property is sAMAccountName.

Note: If the string value provided is not terminated with a $ character, the system adds one if needed.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Server<String>

Specifies the Active Directory Domain Services instance to connect to, by providing one of the following values for a corresponding domain name or directory server. The service may be any of the following: Active Directory Lightweight Domain Services, Active Directory Domain Services or Active Directory Snapshot instance.

Specify the Active Directory Domain Services instance in one of the following ways:

-- Domain name values:

---- Fully qualified domain name
---- NetBIOS name

-- Directory server values:

---- Fully qualified directory server name
---- NetBIOS name
---- Fully qualified directory server name and port

The default value for this parameter is determined by one of the following methods in the order that they are listed:

-- By using the Server value from objects passed through the pipeline
-- By using the server information associated with the Active Directory Domain ServicesWindows PowerShell provider drive, when the cmdlet runs in that drive
-- By using the domain of the computer running Windows PowerShell


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • None or Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADGroup

    A group object that is a template for the new group object is received by the Instance parameter.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • None or Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADGroup

    Returns the new group object when the PassThru parameter is specified. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.


Notes

  • This cmdlet does not work with an Active Directory Snapshot.

  • This cmdlet does not work with a read-only domain controller.

Examples

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 1 --------------------------

This command creates a new group named RODC Admins in the container CN=Users,DC=Fabrikam,DC=Com and set the GroupCategory, DisplayName, GroupScope, and Description properties on the new object.


PS C:\> New-ADGroup -Name "RODC Admins" -SamAccountName RODCAdmins -GroupCategory Security -GroupScope Global -DisplayName "RODC Administrators" -Path "CN=Users,DC=Fabrikam,DC=Com" -Description "Members of this group are RODC Administrators"

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 2 --------------------------

This command creates a new group using the property values from a current group.


PS C:\> Get-ADGroup FabrikamBranch1 -Properties Description | New-ADGroup  -Name Branch1Employees  -SamAccountName Branch1Employees -GroupCategory Distribution -PassThru
GroupScope        : Universal
Name : Branch1Employees
GroupCategory : Distribution
SamAccountName : Branch1Employees
ObjectClass : group
ObjectGUID : 8eebce44-5df7-4bed-a98b-b987a702103e
SID : S-1-5-21-41432690-3719764436-1984117282-1117
DistinguishedName : CN=Branch1Employees,CN=Users,DC=Fabrikam,DC=com

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 3 --------------------------

This command creates a new group named AccountLeads on an AD LDS instance.


PS C:\> New-ADGroup -Server localhost:60000 -Path "OU=AccountDeptOU,DC=AppNC" -Name AccountLeads -GroupScope DomainLocal  -GroupCategory Distribution

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