Moving a User in a Domain

Posted: January 10, 2010 in Active Directory, Networking, Server, System Information
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You want to move a user object to a different container or OU.


Using a graphical user interface
  1. Open the ADUC snap-in.
  2. If you need to change domains, right-click on “Active Directory Users and Computers” in the left pane, select Connect to Domain, enter the domain name, and click OK.
  3. In the left pane, right-click on the domain and select Find.
  4. Type the name of the user and click Find Now.
  5. In the Search Results window, right-click on the user and select Move.
  6. Browse to and select the new parent container or OU.
  7. Click OK.

In Windows Server 2003 and above, you can also drag and drop objects from one container or OU into another.

Using a command-line interface

You can move an object using either the built-in DSMove utility or AdMod. DSMove takes the following syntax:

        > dsmove "<UserDN>" -newparent "<NewParentDN>"

To move an object using AdMod, do the following:

        > admod -b "<Current User DN>" -move "<New Parent DN>"
Using VBScript
        ' This code moves a user from one container to another.
        ' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
        strUserDN = "<UserDN>"    ' e.g. cn=rallen,cn=users,dc=rallencorp,dc=com
        strOUDN = "<NewParentDN>" ' e.g. ou=Sales,dc=rallencorp,dc=com
        ' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------
        Set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & strUserDN)
        Set objOU = GetObject("LDAP://" & strOUDN)
        objOU.MoveHere objUser.ADsPath, objUser.Name


Moving a user object between OUs in the same domain has no direct impact on the actual user in terms of any security or distribution groups that the user is a member of. The only thing to be cautious of is the impact of moving the user to a new OU that may have different security settings or GPOs applied to it.


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