Membership in Account Operators, Domain Admins, or Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To move an organizational unit using Active Directory Administrative Center
  1. To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Administrative Center.


    Another way to open Active Directory Administrative Center is to click Start, click Run, and then type dsac.exe.

  2. In the navigation pane, select the node that contains the organizational unit (OU) that you want to move.

  3. In the management list, right-click the OU that you want to move, and then click Move.

  4. In the Move dialog box, use the column explorer to navigate to and select the folder to which you want to move the OU, and then click OK.

Additional considerations

  • You cannot use Active Directory Administrative Center to move OUs between domains. To move OUs between domains, use the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT). For more information, see ADMT v3.1 Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains (

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Move an Organizational Unit (

    For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (

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