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Creating an OU

Creating an OU is a fairly common activity. The GUI is quick enough for a single OU but we need PowerShell for bulk creation.

Its a straight forward activity

if (-not (Get-Module ActiveDirectory)){            
  Import-Module ActiveDirectory            
$ou = "OU=BlogTests,DC=Manticore,DC=org"            
$name = "OUM"            
New-ADOrganizationalUnit -Path $ou -Name $name            
"`nAD provider"            
$name = "OUP"            
New-Item -Path AD:\$ou -Name "OU=$name" -ItemType Directory            
$name = "OUQ"            
New-QADObject -ParentContainer $ou -Type 'OrganizationalUnit' -NamingProperty 'ou' -Name $name            
$name = "OUS"            
$target = [adsi]"LDAP://$ou"            
$user = $target.Create("organizationalunit", "ou=$name")            

There is a Microsoft cmdlet specifically for this activity. Just give it a path and a name.  The Quest cmdlet is marginally more complicated but still easy.

The script you will recognise as a variant of creating a user. This pattern works for most things in ADSI – get the parent container and use the Create() method.

The provide uses New-Item as you would expect – notice the ItemType is Directory!

Alternatively the provider supplies the ultimate shortcut code for creating an OU.  Yes md (or mkdir) work

cd ad:\$ou

md "ou=testing"

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