(500 Points) will renaming OU's cause any problems to AD???

Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2008-05-29
Hi experts,

we are planning on renaming all of the the OUs in ous AD, and I need to make sure that it wouldn't cause any problems, and I have to have a doucment from Microsoft stating that it is safe to do so.

We are running windows 2000 Server and Windows server 2003.

can you guys help me?

Question by:mjalmassud
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    Accepted Solution

    Active Directory is designed to be very flexible so that you can change your OU structure freely at any time without problems. This includes creating OUs, moving computers and users into different/new OUs, and renaming OUs.  I will try to find some documentation for you, but it is perfectly safe and is by design that you can rename OUs. I've never heard of any resulting problems. The only issue I could think of would be if you had some sort of script running that referenced the name of an OU.....
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    Expert Comment

    This doesn't specifically state about "renaming" an OU, but it talks about creating and moving OUs

    Quote from:

    "Creating new OUs, moving OU subtrees within a domain, moving objects between OUs in the same domain, and deleting OUs are simple tasks.

    Moving an object or subtree of objects will change the parent container of those objects. ACEs that were inherited from the old parent will no longer apply, and there might be new inherited ACEs from the new parent. To avoid unexpected changes in access, evaluate in advance what the changes will be and determine whether those changes will have any impact on the users that currently access and manage those objects.

    Moving a user object, computer object, or a subtree containing user or computer objects can change the Group Policy that is applied to those objects. To avoid unexpected changes in client configurations, evaluate the changes in Group Policy and ensure that they are acceptable for end users."
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    Assisted Solution

    I agree with Luv2smile's response, there is no danger in renaming the OU's.

    Document on how to rename an OU provided by Microsoft:

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    Author Comment

    Thanks a lot guys

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