[Solved]Script fail on to long last name when importing users from csv file

This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Lev Leiderman 2 months ago.

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  • #96992

    Lev Leiderman

    Hi guys,
    i have a very besic script for importing users from CSV file,

    it's working and doing the things that i need, but i have only one problem with the code,

    when the user have abit long last name, i'm getting this error:

    New-ADUser : The name provided is not a properly formed account name
    At line:30 char:1
    + New-ADUser -Name "$firstname $lastname" -GivenName $firstname -Surname $lastname ...
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (CN=Svetlana Chi...C=Crow,DC=local:String) [New-ADUser], ADException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ActiveDirectoryServer:1315,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.NewADUser

    I've already shortened the name and it working correctly and creating the user, but i don't want to short any one's name

    here is the code

    #get the csv file
    $filepath = import-csv "C:\users.csv"
    #set the variable for the uers
    $newusers = $filepath
    #set Passwords for new users 
    $securepassword = ConvertTo-SecureString "blahblah" -AsPlainText -Force
    #start the loop 
    foreach ($user in $newusers) {
    #get user information
    $firstname = $user.'First Name'.Trim()
    $lastname = $user.'Last Name'.Trim()
    $loginname= $user.SamAccountName
    $jobtitle = $user.'Job Title'
    $Department= $user.Department
    $Description = $user.Description
    $OuPath= $user.Path
    $displayname= $user.DisplayName
    #creat the users in active directory
    New-ADUser -Name "$firstname $lastname" -GivenName $firstname -Surname $lastname -UserPrincipalName $loginname -Path $OuPath -ScriptPath $LoginScript  -AccountPassword $securepassword -ChangePasswordAtLogon $false  -Department $Department -DisplayName $displayname -Description $Description -Title $jobtitle  -Enabled $true 
    Write-Host "`n"
    Write-Host "The account for $firstname $lastname created in $OuPath successfully"

    Thanks alot for your help

  • #97001

    Olaf Soyk

    Just an idea – you're creating the -Name property from the first name plus the last name. Does it really have to be that long? 😉

  • #97007

    Sam Boutros
    #region Input
    $filepath = 'C:\users.csv' 
    $password = 'blahblah'
    # Import users information from CSV file
    $newusers = Import-Csv $filepath
    # start the loop
    foreach ($user in $newusers) {
        # Splatt the user information
        $UserInfo = @{
    #        Name                  = "$($user.'First Name'.Trim()) $($user.'Last Name'.Trim())" # This will break if longer than 20 characters
            Name                  = $(                                                         # This ensures Name is not too long
                $firstPartInUserName = $user.'First Name'.Trim()
                $lastPartInUserName  = $user.'Last Name'.Trim()
                If ($firstPartInUserName.Length + $lastPartInUserName.Length -gt 18) {
                    If ($lastPartInUserName.Length -le 17) {
                        $firstPartInUserName = $firstPartInUserName.Substring(0,(18 - $lastPartInUserName.Length))
                    } Else {
                        $firstPartInUserName = $firstPartInUserName.Substring(0,1)
                        $lastPartInUserName = $lastPartInUserName.Substring(0,17)
                "$firstPartInUserName $lastPartInUserName"
            GivenName             = $user.'First Name'.Trim()
            Surname               = $user.'Last Name'.Trim()
            UserPrincipalName     = $user.SamAccountName 
            Path                  = $user.Path
            ScriptPath            = $user.ScriptPath
            AccountPassword       = ConvertTo-SecureString $password -AsPlainText -Force 
            ChangePasswordAtLogon = $false             # Consider setting this to $true per standard security practice 
            Department            = $user.Department
            DisplayName           = $user.DisplayName
            Description           = $user.Description
            Title                 = $user.'Job Title'  
            Enabled               = $true 
        # Create the users in active directory
        New-ADUser @UserInfo
        Write-Host "`n The account for $firstname $lastname created in $OuPath successfully"
    • #97008

      Lev Leiderman

      Thanks Sam,
      this is a bit complex for me yet, but i do understand what you did,

      thanks alot 🙂


      I've figured it out in a much easier way 🙂

      I didn't knew that the Pre windows 2000 logon name must be less then 20 characters, so instead of doing what sam writes which is a bit to complex for me yet

      I've added another header to the csv file with "UserPrincipalName"

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