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Creating Resource OUs

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Use one of the following approaches to create resource OUs for your domain:

If the domain is the target domain in a Windows NT 4.0 resource domain restructure:

  1. Create an OU for each source resource domain that is managed independently and that is to be migrated into this domain.

    • If you are restructuring multiple resource domains that are managed by the same IT group, create a single resource OU and migrate the objects from all domains into that OU.

    • If the source resource domains are managed by former Master User Domain owners, you can migrate objects into the Computers and Groups child OUs of the corresponding account OU subtree, instead of creating a separate resource OU under the account OU.

  2. Place the resource OU under the domain root or under an account OU, depending on whether the resource OU owner reports to the account OU owner or directly to the forest owner. The source resource domain owner becomes the resource OU owner.

If the domain is not the target of a resource domain restructure, create resource OUs as needed based on the requirements of each group for autonomy in the management of data and equipment.

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