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move or re-create groups in other domain in the forest

Posted on 2011-09-20
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About 100 groups have been created (not in use yet) in the wrong domain in our forest. I am looking for a way in which to move these groups to the other domain.

I have tried Movetree but cannot get it to work (access denied with Enterprise admins) and dont want to have to put together an ADMT installation.

If there was a way to read all the groups from the OU to file and then import into the other domain then that would be ideal?
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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The last change I can think of is to use dsmove command. Try with that

dsmove "Distinguished Name of a group" -newparent "Distinguished Name of an OU in another Domain"
i.e

dsmove "cn=mygroup,ou=oldgroups,dc=testenv,dc=local" -newparent "ou=newgoups,dc=europe,dc=testenv,dc=local"

If it won't work then you need unfortunatelly ADMT

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Krzysztof
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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and one more thing, if they were not used, it's much more simple to export their names into text file and then create them in a new domain. That is very simple, if you want I would prpare a syntax for you.

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That would probably be easier if you were able to!
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 500 total points
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OK, let's start :)

1) Log on into a Domain Controller in a domain where those groups are created
2) In command-line type this syntax to export their names to a text file

ldifde -f c:\groups.txt -d "ou=oldlocation,dc=domain,dc=local" -r "(objectClass=Group)" -l "cn,groupType,objectClass" -j c:

i.e.

ldifde -f c:\groups.txt -d "ou=oldlocation,ou=wroc,dc=testenv,dc=local" -r "(objectCategory=Group)" -l "cn,groupType,objectClass" -j c:

3) Copy groups.txt file to a Domain Controller in another domain, where you want to create groups (i.e. to C-Drive)
4) Log on into a DC for that domain where you copied text file
5) Edit a text file in a notepad. Fix dn line pointing to current OU structure in new domain. Press Ctrl+H and in Find what place ou=oldlocation,dc=domain,dc=local" and replace with new value ou=newlocation,dc=domain2,dc=local". Save changes.
6) Open command-line an use this syntax

ldifde -i -f c:\groups.txt

7) On a C-Drive you will have ldifde log, review it, if everything was created properly.
8) Run Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in to check if they really exist :)

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Brilliant!

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You're welcome :)

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