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Move-ADObject

Updated: July 8, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows Server 2012 R2

Move-ADObject

Moves an Active Directory object or a container of objects to a different container or domain.

Syntax

Parameter Set: Default
Move-ADObject [-Identity] <ADObject> [-TargetPath] <String> [-AuthType <ADAuthType> {Negotiate | Basic} ] [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-Partition <String> ] [-PassThru] [-Server <String> ] [-TargetServer <String> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Move-ADObject cmdlet moves an object or a container of objects from one container to another or from one domain to another.

The Identity parameter specifies the Active Directory object or container to move. You can identify an object or container by its distinguished name (DN) or GUID. You can also set the Identity parameter to an object variable such as $<localObject>, or you can pass an object through the pipeline to the Identity parameter. For example, you can use the Get-ADObject cmdlet to retrieve an object and then pass the object through the pipeline to the Move-ADObject cmdlet. You can also use the Get-ADGroup, Get-ADUser, Get-ADComputer, Get-ADServiceAccount, Get-ADOrganizationalUnit, and Get-ADFineGrainedPasswordPolicy cmdlets to get an object that you can pass through the pipeline to this cmdlet.

The TargetPath parameter must be specified. This parameter identifies the new location for the object or container.

Parameters

-AuthType<ADAuthType>

Specifies the authentication method to use. The acceptable values for this parameter are: 

-- Negotiate or 0
-- Basic or 1

The default authentication method is Negotiate.

A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection is required for the Basic authentication method.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.AuthType.Negotiate

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Credential<PSCredential>

Specifies the user account credentials to use to perform this task. The default credentials are the credentials of the currently logged on user unless the cmdlet is run from an Active Directory PowerShell provider drive. If the cmdlet is run from such a provider drive, the account associated with the drive is the default.

To specify this parameter, you can type a user name, such as User1 or Domain01\User01 or you can specify a PSCredential object. If you specify a user name for this parameter, the cmdlet prompts for a password.

You can also create a PSCredential object by using a script or by using the Get-Credential cmdlet. You can then set the Credential parameter to the PSCredential object.

If the acting credentials do not have directory-level permission to perform the task, Active Directory PowerShell returns a terminating error.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Identity<ADObject>

Specifies an Active Directory object by providing one of the following property values. The identifier in parentheses is the LDAP display name for the attribute. The acceptable values for this parameter are: 

-- A Distinguished Name
-- A GUID (objectGUID)

The cmdlet searches the default naming context or partition to find the object. If two or more objects are found, the cmdlet returns a non-terminating error.

This parameter can also get this object through the pipeline or you can set this parameter to an object instance.

Derived types, such as the following are also accepted:

-- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADGroup
-- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADUser
-- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADComputer
-- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADServiceAccount
-- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADFineGrainedPasswordPolicy
-- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADDomain


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Partition<String>

Specifies the distinguished name of an Active Directory partition. The distinguished name must be one of the naming contexts on the current directory server. The cmdlet searches this partition to find the object defined by the Identity parameter.

In many cases, a default value will be used for the Partition parameter if no value is specified. The rules for determining the default value are given below. Note that rules listed first are evaluated first and once a default value can be determined, no further rules will be evaluated.

In AD DS environments, a default value for Partition will be set in the following cases:

-- If the Identity parameter is set to a distinguished name, the default value of Partition is automatically generated from this distinguished name.
-- If running cmdlets from an Active Directory provider drive, the default value of Partition is automatically generated from the current path in the drive.
-- If none of the previous cases apply, the default value of Partition will be set to the default partition or naming context of the target domain.

In AD LDS environments, a default value for Partition will be set in the following cases:

-- If the Identity parameter is set to a distinguished name, the default value of Partition is automatically generated from this distinguished name.
-- If running cmdlets from an Active Directory provider drive, the default value of Partition is automatically generated from the current path in the drive.
-- If the target AD LDS instance has a default naming context, the default value of Partition will be set to the default naming context. To specify a default naming context for an AD LDS environment, set the msDS-defaultNamingContext property of the Active Directory directory service agent (DSA) object (nTDSDSA) for the AD LDS instance.
-- If none of the previous cases apply, the Partition parameter will not take any default value.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PassThru

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Server<String>

Specifies the Active Directory Domain Services instance to connect to, by providing one of the following values for a corresponding domain name or directory server. The service may be any of the following: Active Directory Lightweight Domain Services, Active Directory Domain Services or Active Directory Snapshot instance.

Specify the Active Directory Domain Services instance in one of the following ways:

-- Domain name values:

---- Fully qualified domain name
---- NetBIOS name

-- Directory server values:

---- Fully qualified directory server name
---- NetBIOS name
---- Fully qualified directory server name and port

The default value for this parameter is determined by one of the following methods in the order that they are listed:

-- By using the Server value from objects passed through the pipeline
-- By using the server information associated with the Active Directory Domain ServicesWindows PowerShell provider drive, when the cmdlet runs in that drive
-- By using the domain of the computer running Windows PowerShell


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-TargetPath<String>

Specifies the new location for the object. This location must be the path to a container or organizational unit.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

2

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-TargetServer<String>

Specifies the Active Directory instance to use by providing the following value for a corresponding domain name or directory server.

Note: A cross domain move requires a FQDN server name.

Domain name values:

-- Fully qualified domain name (FQDN)

Directory server values:

-- Fully qualified directory server name
-- Fully qualified directory server name and port


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.AObject

    An Active Directory object is received by the Identity parameter. Derived types, such as the following are also accepted:

    -- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADGroup
    -- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADUser
    -- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADComputer
    -- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADServiceAccount
    -- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADOrganizationalUnit
    -- Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.ADFineGrainedPasswordPolicy


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • None

Notes

  • This cmdlet does not work with an Active Directory Snapshot.

  • This cmdlet does not work with a read-only domain controller.

Examples

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 1 --------------------------

This command moves the Organizational Unit ManagedGroups to a new location. The OU ManagedGroups must not be protected from accidental deletion for the successful move.


PS C:\> Move-ADObject -Identity "OU=ManagedGroups,DC=Fabrikam,DC=Com" -TargetPath "OU=Managed,DC=Fabrikam,DC=Com"

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 2 --------------------------

This command moves the object identified by the specified GUID to the new location.


PS C:\> Move-ADObject -Identity "8d0bcc44-c826-4dd8-af5c-2c69960fbd47" -TargetPath "OU=Managed,DC=Fabrikam,DC=Com"

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 3 --------------------------

This command moves an object to a new location. Both the object and the target path are specified using GUIDs.


PS C:\> Move-ADObject -Identity "8d0bcc44-c826-4dd8-af5c-2c69960fbd47" -TargetPath "1c2ea8a8-c2b7-4a87-8190-0e8a166aee16"

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 4 --------------------------

This command moves an object with DistinguishedName CN=Peter Bankov,OU=Accounting,DC=Fabrikam,DC=com to a different domain.


PS C:\> Move-ADObject -Identity "CN=Peter Bankov,OU=Accounting,DC=Fabrikam,DC=com" -TargetPath "OU=Accounting,DC=Europe,DC=Fabrikam,DC=com" -TargetServer "server01.europe.fabrikam.com"

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 5 --------------------------

This command moves an object to a new location within an LDS instance.


PS C:\> Move-ADObject -Identity "CN=AccountLeads,DC=AppNC" -TargetPath "OU=AccountDeptOU,DC=AppNC" -Server "FABRIKAM-SRV1:60000"

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