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Code Error  800A03EE - Expected ')'

Troubleshooting Code 800A03EE - Expected ')'

This Error 800A03EE can be tricky.  While it is indeed a syntax error, it may not be where you expect.  Therefore, check the Char: Number for the line of this error.

Introduction to Code 800A03EE

Error code 800A03EE occurs when you execute a VBScript.  You receive a message box from Windows Scripting Host.  Code 800A03EE means a syntax error, check your punctuation especially the ampersands.Code 800A03EE VBScript Expected ')'

The Symptoms You Get

The script does not execute as you hoped, instead you get a WSH error message.

The Cause of Code 800A03EE

Your VBScript contain is missing a argument.   Note: The clue, Error: Expected ")'.  There is something wrong with a bracket or a speech mark.

Source: Microsoft VBScript compilation error, means there is a syntax error in your script, rather than a logical error with a server or network object.

The Solutions

The Windows Scripting Host gives us three useful clues, firstly, look on Line: 6, do count any remark or empty lines.  Secondly, the Char: number (34), is very useful in tracing the error.  In this case there is something wrong at the end of line 6.  Thirdly Error: ')' is pointing us to the script problem.  Therefore, check the syntax of your script and balance your brackets.


Example 1 of Script Code 800A03EE error

Note: The Line: 6 Char 34 strcn

It should be strcn)  note the closing bracket


strcn = "bilbo65"
strsam= "bilbo65"
strpasswd = sbuline9
Set objOU=GetObject("LDAP://ou=Droitwich,dc=cp,dc=com")
objUser = objOU.Create("User", "cn=" & strcn
objUser.Put "sAMAccountName","bilbo65"
objUser.SetPassword strpasswd

Corrected Version


strcn = "bilbo65"
strsam= "bilbo65"
strpasswd = sbuline9
Set objOU=GetObject("LDAP://ou=Droitwich,dc=cp,dc=com")
objUser = objOU.Create("User", "cn=" & strcn)
objUser.Put "sAMAccountName","bilbo65"
objUser.SetPassword strpasswd


Example 2 - Missing ampersand

Sometimes Expected ')' is not the true problem, the real villain is the ampersand, or to be precise the missing ampersand (&). 

Code 800A03EE missing ampersand

In terms of troubleshooting, we need to check Line: 11, Char: 37.
Set objDomain = GetObject("LDAP://" strContainer)

There should be an ampersand :

Set objDomain = GetObject("LDAP://" & strContainer)


' CreateOU.vbs
' VBScript to Create a new OU, with 2 child OUs
' Author Guy Thomas
' Version 2.8 - March 10th 2010
' ----------------------------------------------------'
Option Explicit
Dim objOU, objDomain, strNewOU, strContainer
strNewOU = "OU=St1 Hilary"
strContainer = "dc=cp,dc=com"

Set objDomain = GetObject("LDAP://" strContainer)
Set objOU = objDomain.Create("organizationalUnit", strNewOU)
Set objDomain = GetObject("LDAP://dc=cp,dc=com")
set objOU = objDomain.Create("organizationalUnit", "OU=Permies" & "," & strNewOU)
Set objDomain = GetObject("LDAP://dc=cp,dc=com")
Set objOU = objDomain.Create("organizationalUnit", "OU=Temps" & "," & strNewOU)

WSCript.Echo"Created OU " & strNewOU

' End of Script


Example 3 of Script Code 800A03EE error

Here is another example of Code 800A03EE , note the position of the speech marks, it should be:

Set objOU =GetObject("LDAP://ou=Worcester,dc=CP,dc=com")


' BindAD.vbs
' VBScript to bind to Active Directory
' Author Guy Thomas
' Version 2.5 - March 10th 2010
' ----------------------------------------------------'
Dim objOU, obUser
Dim strContainer
Set objOU =GetObject("LDAP://"ou=Worcester,dc=CP,dc=com)
Set objUser = objOU.Create("User", "cn=GuidoF")
objUser.Put "sAMAccountName", "GuidoF"
WScript.Echo "Created" & objUser.get ("Cn")



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