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Migrate mac computers to a parent domain.

Posted on 2013-12-09
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Hi,
I have a couple of MAC users on our domain,
Their user accounts are in the companys root domain(mycompany.com).
However their MAC computer accounts are binded tothe child domain (child.mycompany.com).
We want to move these MAC computer accounts, so that they are binded to the parent domain.

Any advice on what would be the best way to proceed on this?
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Probably the easiest way would be to go into the Directory Utility on the Macs and unjoin each one and then check in ADUC to make sure the account has disappeared.  Then go back in and rejoin them to the parent domain.

If what you are describing as the child domain is merely an OU within the parent domain and not really a child domain, then you probably wouldn't even need to do the above... just move them to the different level within ADUC.

However, if it's truly a child domain, then you need to do the stuff in the first paragraph.

The stickier issue is what will happen to their user accounts on the Mac?  Since they are logging into the parent domain, my guess is that nothing will happen and the users will still be able to log in just fine. If you find that the user cannot login after the move, then take a look at this :  http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=912191

Minimally a new domain user account will be created and you're going to have to migrate the users' info from the old account to the new... but again, you'll probably be OK.
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Thanks jhyiesla,
Will try that.
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Unbind & re-binding them worked fine.
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Thanks.
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