A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument

In this Azure tutorial, we will discuss how to fix the error a positional parameter cannot be found, which I got while trying to create an Azure Resource Group in the Azure Portal using PowerShell ISE.

A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument

Well, Recently, while trying to create a Resource Group using the PowerShell script, I got this error, and the PowerShell script that I was running was as below

Connect-AzureRmAccount
$ResourceGroupName = "Demo123"  
$location = "EastUS"  
New-AzureRmResourceGroup - Name $ResourceGroupName - Location $location 

After executing the above script, I got this error. You can see the same below

a positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument 'false'

The complete error message was as below

New-AzResourceGroup: A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument
‘Demo123’.
At line:4 char:1

  • New-AzureRmResourceGroup – Name $ResourceGroupName – Location $locati …
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    • CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [New-AzResourceGroup], ParameterBi
      ndingException
    • FullyQualifiedErrorId: PositionalParameterNotFound,Microsoft.Azure.Commands.Re
      sourceManager.Cmdlets.Implementation.NewAzureResourceGroupCmdlet

Reason For The Issue

The reason for this issue is a silly mistake. If you look closely, By mistake, there is one space I put in between the Name and “-” character, and in the same way, there is one more space between the Location and the “-” character.

This was the reason for the error. I have highlighted the mistake below. I know this is a silly mistake and can happen sometimes in a hurry.

powershell a positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument

A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument [Solved]

Now, To fix the issue and to create the Azure Resource Group successfully, Follow the below steps

1. Open the Windows PowerShell or PowerShell ISE as Run as Administrator mode.

a positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument 'false'.

2. Now Run the script below to Create the Resource Group in Azure Successfully

Note: Make sure not to put any space between the hyphen(-) and the Name parameter, and in the same way, Don’t put any space between the hyphen(-) and the Location parameter.

Connect-AzureRmAccount
$ResourceGroupName = "Demo123"  
$location = "EastUS"  
New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name $ResourceGroupName -Location $location 

Once you will execute the script, it will prompt you to enter your Azure Credential. Enter the Azure Credential and then click on the Sign-in button.

Now you can see our Azure Resource Group in Azure is created successfully without any issues.

A positional parameter cannot be found

Below are a few additional scenarios you need to be careful about to get rid of this error

  1. Sometimes, if you have any parameters with spaces, then make sure to put the parameter with double quotes. For example, if it is a Hello Test, you should keep it like “Hello Test.”
  2. Make sure to use the operator as “-“(Hyphen), not the “_”(Underscore).
  3. If any of your parameters contain the underscore, then put the complete parameter with “double-quotes”. For example, say your parameter is Hello_Test_Test, then specify “Hello_Test_Test”.

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Wrapping Up

Well, in this article, we discussed how to fix the PowerShell error New-AzResourceGroup: A positional parameter cannot be found that accepts argument. I hope it will help you to fix your issue as well !!!