Help with PowerShell Script to import users into Active Directory

Hello,

I have this script below where it tries to take what is in a CSV file and replace an custom attributed named HireDate with a date for each user in AD.  Below is the script, but I get an error.  Can you help with the error?

Import-Module ActiveDirectory            
$users = import-csv -path d:\scripts\hiredatetest.csv
foreach($user in $users)
{    
$fielduser = $user.SamAccountName
$fielddate = $user.HireDate -as [datetime]
echo "$fielduser,$fielddate"
Get-ADUser -Filter "SamAccountName -eq '$($user.SamAccountName)'" -Properties * -SearchBase "DC=domain,DC=com" |
Set-ADUser -Replace @{HireDate = $fielddate}  
}

Here is the CSV:

SAMAccountName,HireDate
bjones,3/17/2000


Here is the error:

Set-ADUser : Cannot bind parameter 'Replace' to the target. Exception setting "Replace": "Object reference not set to
an instance of an object."
At line:7 char:21
+ Set-ADUser -Replace @{HireDate = $fielddate}
+                     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : WriteError: (:) [Set-ADUser], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterBindingFailed,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.SetADUser
PBITAsked:
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
Remove the Get-ADUser command and only use the Set-ADUser command as stated above.
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
I think the issue is in the fact that you are piping all properties to the Set-ADUser command.  Also, since you have the SamAccountName already why do a Get-ADUser?

To use Set-ADUser to replace a value in a custom attribute field, try this:

Set-ADUser $fielduser  -Replace @{HireDate = $fielddate}

Set-ADUser command reference:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee617215.aspx

Dan
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
hiredate is not normally in the schema you have to add it.
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PBITAuthor Commented:
OK, I have changed my script to the following, but get an error.  Thanks for you help in getting this going.

Import-Module ActiveDirectory            
$users = import-csv -path d:\scripts\hiredatetest.csv
foreach($user in $users)
{    
$fielduser = $user.SamAccountName
$fielddate = $user.HireDate -as [datetime]
echo "$fielduser,$fielddate"
Get-ADUser -Filter "SamAccountName -eq '$($user.SamAccountName)'" -Properties * -SearchBase "DC=domain, DC=com" |
Set-ADUser $fielduser  -Replace @{HireDate = $fielddate}
}

Get a different error now:

Set-ADUser : The input object cannot be bound to any parameters for the command either because the command does not
take pipeline input or the input and its properties do not match any of the parameters that take pipeline input.
At line:7 char:1
+ Set-ADUser $fielduser  -Replace @{HireDate = $fielddate}
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (CN=jones\, bon...,DC=pbtf,DC=com:PSObject) [Set-ADUser], ParameterBin   dingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : InputObjectNotBound,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.SetADUser
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PBITAuthor Commented:
Got it.  Thanks! That worked!
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