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Moving account between domains in same forest

Posted on 2009-04-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06

We are at Windows 2003 forest functional level, domain functional level. We have the kam.com forest root, then uk.kam.com, us.kam.com and japan.kam.com.

A user from Japan is relocating to the UK. Is it possible to move his account (and mailbox with it) to the uk.kam.com domain, or do we need to create a new domain account in the UK domain and move the mailbox seperately?

Does this change with Windows 2008 domain levels?

Question by:kam_uk
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nealerocks earned 800 total points
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You can move a user account between domains. The movetree.exe utility can do it. Details here:


As for the exchange mailbox do you have one email domain or are there multiple ones?
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Jamie McKillop earned 1200 total points
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You should use the Active Directory Migration Tool to move users, groups, and computers between domains. Once the user account has been moved, you can use the Exchange move mailbox wizard to move the mailbox to another Exchange server. As per Microsoft:

"Use the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) included on your Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM to move Active Directory objects such as user, computer, group, and OU. MoveTree should only be used in special cases to handle objects (such as contacts) which cannot currently be migrated by ADMT



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