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Oct 21, 2016

Import Active Directory computer accounts from Active Directory for use in the AD Identity Service.


Add-AcctADAccount [-IdentityPoolName] <String> -ADAccountName <String[]> [-Password <String>] [-SecurePassword <SecureString>] [-LoggingId <Guid>] [-AdminAddress <String>] [<CommonParameters>]

Add-AcctADAccount -IdentityPoolUid <Guid> -ADAccountName <String[]> [-Password <String>] [-SecurePassword <SecureString>] [-LoggingId <Guid>] [-AdminAddress <String>] [<CommonParameters>]

Detailed Description

Provides the ability for AD computer accounts that already exist in AD to be used by the Citrix AD Identity Service and the other Citrix Machine Creation Services.

All aspects of this command that need to make modifications to the accounts in AD will do so using the account that the run space is using. This means that if the passwords need resetting for the accounts, the user performing the operation in PowerShell must have sufficient privileges in AD for this operation to complete successfully.

The following rules apply to the importing of AD accounts; If a password is supplied, the account will be imported. The cmdlet will attempt to change the password so that it is known only to the Citrix Identity Service. This uses password change operations and does not need AD account administration permissions. If a password is not supplied, the cmdlet will attempt to reset the password for the AD account. This requires the cmdlet to have enough privileges in AD for the accounts' password reset to be available. Imported accounts in a disabled or locked state in AD are imported with the account marked in an error state. If the identity pool into which the account is being imported does not have a domain set, it assumes the domain of the first account imported into it.



The identity pool name into which to add the imported accounts.

Required? true
Default Value  
Accept Pipeline Input? true (ByPropertyName)


The AD account name to be imported.

AD accounts are accepted in the following formats: Fully qualified DN e.g. CN=MyComputer,OU=Computers,DC=MyDomain,DC=Com; UPN format e.g MyComputer@MyDomain.Com; Domain qualified e.g MyDomain\MyComputer.

Required? true
Default Value  
Accept Pipeline Input? false


The unique identifier for the identity pool to which imported accounts are to be added.

Required? true
Default Value  
Accept Pipeline Input? true (ByPropertyName)


The password for the computer account.

Required? false
Default Value  
Accept Pipeline Input? false


The password for the account (provided in a Secure String class).

Required? false
Default Value  
Accept Pipeline Input? false


Specifies the identifier of the high-level operation this cmdlet call forms a part of. Citrix Studio and Director typically create high-level operations. PowerShell scripts can also wrap a series of cmdlet calls in a high-level operation by way of the Start-LogHighLevelOperation and Stop-LogHighLevelOperation cmdlets.

Required? false
Default Value  
Accept Pipeline Input? false


Specifies the address of a XenDesktop controller the PowerShell snap-in connects to. You can provide this as a host name or an IP address.

Required? false
Default Value LocalHost. Once a value is provided by any cmdlet, this value becomes the default.
Accept Pipeline Input? false

Return Values


The Add-AcctADAccount returns an object that contains the following parameters;

SuccessfulAccountsCount <int>

The number of accounts that were added successfully

FailedAccountsCount <int>

The number of accounts that were not added.

FailedAccounts <Citrix.XDPowerShell.AccountError[]>

The list of accounts that failed to be added. Each one has the following properties;

ADAccountName <string>

ADAccountSid <String>

ErrorReason <AdIdentityStatus>

This can be one of the following
















DiagnosticInformtion <Exception>

Any other error information

SuccessfulAccounts <Citrix.AdIdentity.Sdk.Identity[]>

The list of accounts that were successfully added. Each one has the following properties;

ADAccountSid <string>

The AD account SID for the imported account.

ADAccountName <string>

The AD account name for the imported account.

Domain <string>

The domain for the imported account.

State <Citrix.AdIdentity.Sdk.ADIdentityState>

The state for the account. This can be;


The account is not used.


The account is in use.


The account is in error (i.e. the account is locked or disabled in AD).


The account is no longer used, but the password is no longer known.

Lock <Boolean>

The account is locked (in the database not in AD).


To maintain maximum security when using the command programmatically, Citrix recommends you use the 'SecurePassword' property instead of the 'Password' property.

In the case of failure, the following errors can result.

Error Codes



The specified identity pool was locked by another operation.


The specified identity pool was not found.


The specified AD account already exists for the identity pool.


The user does not have administrative rights to perform this operation.


The operation could not be performed because of a configuration logging error


An error occurred in the service while attempting a database operation.


The operation could not be completed because the database for the service is not configured.


An error occurred in the service while attempting a database operation - communication with the database failed for various reasons.


An error occurred while communicating with the service.


An unexpected error occurred. To locate more details, see the Windows event logs on the controller being used, or examine the XenDesktop logs.


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

C:\PS>Add-AcctADAccount -IdentityPoolName MyPool -ADAccountName "Domain\account","Domain\account2" -OutVariable result 
  SuccessfulAccounts                SuccessfulAccountsCount       FailedAccountsCount    FailedAccounts 
  ------------------                -----------------------       -------------------    -------------- 
  {domain\account, domain\account2} 2                            0                      {} 
          ADAccountSid  : S-1-5-21-1315084875-1285793635-2418178940-2644 
          ADAccountName : domain\account 
          Domain        : 
          State         : Available 
          Lock          : False 
          ADAccountSid  : S-1-5-21-1315084875-1285793635-2418178940-2645 
          ADAccountName : domain\account2 
          Domain        : 
          State         : Available 
          Lock          : False

Import the two accounts (account and account2) from AD into the identity Pool called "MyPool"