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Unable to create new Active directory group accounts

Created by Harry Griffiths, last modified by Craig Healy on Sep 12, 2017

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This article provides brief information and steps to resolve the issue when you are unable to add active directory group accounts to Orion. The following error also appears:


The FULL website error reports:

Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
Pipeline: Integrated
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; Trident/7.0; Touch; rv:11.0) like Gecko
Error Instance: 657bb45b0d504708a57d0b839d1a14ef
URL: https://solarwinds01com:443/Orion/Ad...ountType=Group
Message: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: format
ErrorSite: mscorlib.String.Format
ErrorType: System.ArgumentNullException
at System.String.Format(String format, Object arg0)
at Orion_Admin_Accounts_Add_WindowsAccount.DisplayAuthenticationOptions()
at Orion_Admin_Accounts_Add_WindowsAccount.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Web.Util.CalliEventHandlerDelegateProxy.Callback(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()
at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)
Version Assembly 


The orionweb.log shows the following errors:


ERROR SolarWinds.Orion.Web.DAL.AccountProfileDAL - Attempted to retreive properties for nonexistent user 




WARN  SolarWinds.Orion.Web.AuthorizationManager - Warning: Checking Group membership; Account Group 'DOMAIN\1DOMAINGROUP' contained NULL SID.



All Orion Core products


The error is caused when you are unable to retrieve the SID in the DB during adding previous AD groups. 


  1. Remove the users that have a NULL SID value in the 'Accounts' table. You can do this via the 'Manage accounts' tab in the webconsole.
  2. If you add them back in, check the accounts table to verify the SID column is populated.
  3. Add the non-existent user mentioned.





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