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Move a User Account

Updated: February 17, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Membership in Account Operators , Domain Admins , or Enterprise Admins , or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To move a user account using Active Directory Administrative Center

  1. To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start , click Administrative Tools , and then click Active Directory Administrative Center .

    To open Active Directory Users and Computers in Windows Server® 2012, click Start , type dsac.exe .

  2. In the navigation pane, select the node that contains the user account that you want to move.

  3. In the management list, right-click the user account that you want to move, and then click Move .

  4. In the Move dialog box, use the column explorer to navigate to and select the container to which you want to move the user account, and then click OK .

Additional considerations

  • You cannot use Active Directory Administrative Center to move user accounts between domains. To move user accounts between domains, use the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT). For more information, see ADMT v3.1 Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=82740).

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start , click Administrative Tools , and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell . For more information, see Move a User Account (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141690).

    To open the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell in Windows Server 2012, open Server Manager , click Tools and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell .

    For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=102372).

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