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New-ADUser Powershell

Hi and Happy new year. I am doing a test run on my syntax before expanding my script but this error is driving me crazy. When I leave out the -path it works fine but when I try and Include a path it errors out and I cant figure out how it wants -path to be inputted. See below:
PS C:\Windows\system32> Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
New-ADUser `
-Name 12WWallis `
-CannotChangePassword 1 `
-ChangePasswordAtLogon 0 `
-Description Student `
-DisplayName "Will Wallis" `
-Enabled 1 `
-GivenName Will `
-HomeDirectory \\Server1\12WWallis$\Documents `
-HomeDrive N: `
-Initials WW `
-PasswordNeverExpires 1 `
-Path OU=YOE2012 `
-SamAccountName 12WWallis `
-Surname Wallis `
-UserPrincipalName 12WWallis@TestDomain.NET

New-ADUser : No superior reference has been configured for the directory service. The directory service is
therefore unable to issue referrals to objects outside
this forest
At line:2 char:1
+ New-ADUser `
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (CN=12WWallis,OU=YOE2012:String) [New-ADUser], ADException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ActiveDirectoryServer:8406,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.NewADUser
 

PS C:\Windows\system32> Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
New-ADUser `
-Name 12WWallis `
-CannotChangePassword 1 `
-ChangePasswordAtLogon 0 `
-Description Student `
-DisplayName "Will Wallis" `
-Enabled 1 `
-GivenName Will `
-HomeDirectory \\Server1\12WWallis$\Documents `
-HomeDrive N: `
-Initials WW `
-PasswordNeverExpires 1 `
-Path ou=YOE2012,ou=Students,DC=TestDomain,DC=NET `
-SamAccountName 12WWallis `
-Surname Wallis `
-UserPrincipalName 12WWallis@TestDomain.NET

New-ADUser : Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'System.String' required by
parameter 'Path'. Specified method is not supported.
At line:14 char:7
+ -Path ou=YOE2012,ou=Students,DC=TestDomain,DC=NET `
+       ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [New-ADUser], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConvertArgument,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.NewADUser
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Dead_Eyes
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Yes, this happens because you need to use distinguished name for OU. So, the second example given by you should work if you put it into quotas ""

So, let's try with that

Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
New-ADUser `
-Name 12WWallis `
-CannotChangePassword 1 `
-ChangePasswordAtLogon 0 `
-Description Student `
-DisplayName "Will Wallis" `
-Enabled 1 `
-GivenName Will `
-HomeDirectory \\Server1\12WWallis$\Documents `
-HomeDrive N: `
-Initials WW `
-PasswordNeverExpires 1 `
-Path "ou=YOE2012,ou=Students,DC=TestDomain,DC=NET" `
-SamAccountName 12WWallis `
-Surname Wallis `
-UserPrincipalName 12WWallis@TestDomain.NET

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Regards,
Krzysztof
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Dead_EyesAuthor Commented:
Never mind finally figured it needed '' marks around it so -path 'OU=YOE2012,OU=Students,DC=TestDomain,DC=NET'
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Dead_EyesAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for Dead_Eyes's comment #a39751036

for the following reason:

Figured it out myself in the end
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