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 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.
|To change a user's primary group|
To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers.
In the console tree, click Users.
- Active Directory Users and
Or, click the folder that contains the user account.
- Active Directory Users and Computers\domain node\Users
In the details pane, right-click the user that you want to change, and then click Properties.
On the Member Of tab, click the group that you want to set as the user's primary group, and then click Set Primary Group.
- To perform this procedure, you must be a
member of either the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group,
or Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory Domain Services
(AD DS), or you must have been delegated the appropriate
authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run
as to perform this procedure.
- Another way to open Active Directory
Users and Computers is to click Start, click Run, and
then type dsa.msc.
- The user's primary group applies only to
users who log on to the network through Services for Macintosh or
who run Portable Operating System Interface for UNIX
(POSIX)–compliant applications. Unless you are using these
services, there is no need to change the primary group from Domain
Users, which is the default value.
- Setting the user's primary group membership
to a value other than Domain Users may adversely affect performance
because all users in the domain are members of Domain Users. If the
user's primary group is set to another group, it may cause the
group membership to exceed the supported maximum number of
- 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 Change a User's Primary Group (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=138375). For
more information about Windows PowerShell, see
Windows PowerShell (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=102372).