How to move a user account in Active Directory using PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to move a user in Active Directory (AD) using PowerShell and how you can get it done easier with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to move a user account in AD using powershell :

  • Identify the domain in which the user to be moved is located.
  • Create and compile the script for moving an AD user from one OU to another. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for moving user account in AD
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    C:\PS>Move-ADObject "8d0bbb44-d826-4ed8-3d5c-2c634560pkt32" -TargetPath "OU=Managed,DC=Example,DC=Com"
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  • To move AD users in bulk, you will have to write another script.

ADManager Plus

How to move a user account in Active Directory :

  • Navigate to Management > User Management > Move Users..
  • Select the Users and the OU to which you want the computers to be moved to. You can even import this list from a CSV file. Then click Apply.


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Although moving AD users from one OU to another with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations :

  • PowerShell script can be run only from the computers which have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed in them.
  • Need for a new script, in case multiple AD users need to be moved.
  • The syntax, parameters and iterations need to be correct. A typo or incorrect syntax might be difficult to spot and rectify especially when the script is a long one.
  • You can move the AD user only if you know the Distinguished name or the GUID of the AD account.
  • Cannot delegate the modification of AD accounts or other AD management tasks to help desk technicians.

ADManager Plus lets you perform the same with a few clicks from its web based GUI console. It also has options for moving multiple users simultaneously with templates or by importing a CSV file.

Move users to different OUs in bulk using a CSV file.

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