Get-MSOLUser : A positional parameter cannot be found

Get-MSOLUser Positional Parameter

The error message “A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument [user name]” is most likely one of the first errors you’ll encounter when starting up with Office 365 PowerShell’ing:

PS C:\> Get-MsolUser
Get-MsolUser : A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument
At line:1 char:1
+ Get-MsolUser
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-MsolUser],
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PositionalParameterNotFound,

The fix for this error message is quite simple:

Always use “-UserPrincipalName” as the first argument when running the Get-MSOLUser command:

PS C:\> Get-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName

UserPrincipalName                    DisplayName          isLicensed
-----------------                    -----------          ---------- morten skrubbeltrang True

Alternatively, if you want to search for multiple instances of Azure AD users you can use the SearchString parameter, e.g.:

PS C:\> Get-MsolUser -SearchString "Brahe"

UserPrincipalName                         DisplayName  isLicensed
-----------------                         -----------  ---------- Tycho Brahe  False      Thomas Brahe False

This command will search the DisplayName or EmailAddress for the provided string.

The PowerShell MSOnline Module

The Get-MSOLUser command is part of the MSOnline PowerShell module.

In many cases you can end up with multiple versions of the MSOnline module installed side by side. Troubleshooting which module is being loaded can be quite confusing.

Also, in some cases, the installation of the module itself causes some headache.

If you want to know more about installation and troubleshooting of this module, have a look at this article. It includes a full explanation of the module load order in PowerShell.

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To skip the need to use the MSOnline PowerShell module entirely you should have a look at Easy365Manager.

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