Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADUser'

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Hi together,


i'm quite new to Powershell and need a little 'shove'. :D


What i want to achive:

Setting the Manager of a User based on the "ManagedBy" attribute of an OU.


What my Script Snippet looks like:


# Getting one user & build correct variables (already working for some other scripts)
$user = Get-ADUser -Identity ABC
$userOUDistName = ($user.DistinguishedName -split "=",3)[-1]
$UserOUName = $userOUDistName.Split(",")


# Explanation #

$user contains the complete information of the user

$userOUDistName contains a string like "Department,OU=Users,OU=TEST,DC=DOMAIN,DC=de"

So "Department" is the name of OU.

$userOUName contains the splitted strings.

$userOUName[0] contains the exact word of the OU (in this case "Department"



### Test 1 ###

# Fill in the ManagedBy into the new variable $manager #
$manager = (Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter * -Properties * | Where-Object {$ -eq $userOUName[0]}).ManagedBy

# so after this i know who should be the manager for the user #


#not working#

Set-ADUser -Identity $user.SamAccountName -Manager $manager


Set-ADUser : Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADUser' required by parameter 'Manager'. Specified method is not supported.
At line:1 char:52
+ Set-ADUser -Identity $user.SamAccountName -Manager $manager
+ ~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Set-ADUser], ParameterBindingException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConvertArgument,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.SetADUser



# writing the exact same value by hand into a new variable #

$test = 'Department,OU=Users,OU=TEST,DC=DOMAIN,DC=de'
Set-ADUser -Identity $user.SamAccountName -Manager $test



Set-ADUser -Identity $user.SamAccountName -Manager 'CN=NAME\, NAME,OU=NAME,OU=NAME,OU=NAME,DC=NAME,DC=de'



I already tried this (the same results as before)

$manager = (Get-ADOrganizationalUnit -Filter * -Properties * | Where-Object {$ -eq $userOUName[0]}).ManagedBy | Out-String



Please provide me some hint.. :D

Thank you very much in advance.




2 Replies
best response confirmed by VI_Migration (Silver Contributor)
... i solved it..
-> "$manager" (quotation marks)
That's it.
And 3 years later, you solved my issue. Thanks!