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Sawyer, Ian 1 Reputation point

I have created a custom attribute and want to populate it from a csv i have that has SAM account names in column 1 and custom attribute in column 2
I run this script and get this error
Import-Module ActiveDirectory
$Attribcsv=Import-csv “c:\scripts\sf\beauty.csv”
ForEach ($User in $Attribcsv)
Get-ADUser -Identity $User.samAccountName | set-ADUser -Add @{SalesforceRole="Beauty"}}

So i'd hope to populate the custom attribute of the users in the csv with the word Beauty. Instead I get this error, can anyone please point me in the right direction? Thanks

Get-ADUser : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Identity'. The Identity property on the argument is null or empty.
At line:5 char:22

  • Get-ADUser -Identity $User.samAccountName | set-ADUser -Add @{Salesfo ...
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (:) [Get-ADUser], ParameterBindingValidationException
  • FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.GetADUser
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  1. Rich Matheisen 45,416 Reputation points

    Are you sure that there's a column named "samAccountName" in the CSV file's header record?

    Run this to verify the column is named the way you say it is:

    [array]$x = Import-csv "c:\scripts\sf\beauty.csv"
    if ($x[0].psobject.properties.name -notcontains "samAccountName"){
        write-host "samAccountName isn't a column in the CSV!" -ForegroundColor Red

    Assuming that it doesn't say the column name is missing, perhaps there are empty lines in the CSV? Try adding some simple data verification to the script:

    Import-csv "c:\scripts\sf\beauty.csv" |
            if ($_.samAccountName.Trim().Length -gt 1){
                Get-ADUser -Identity ($_.samAccountName.Trim()) | 
                    Set-ADUser -Add @{SalesforceRole="Beauty"}

    Note that you're trying to add a property name "SalesforceRole", not an extension attribute., to the user object. Is that what you want? Have you extended the AD schema to include that attribute?

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