How to move computers to a new OU

  • 7009933
  • 28-Dec-2011
  • 28-May-2014

Environment

Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 SP2 (OES11 SP2)
Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 SP1 (OES11 SP1)
Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP3 (OES2SP3)
Domain Services for Windows
DSfW

Situation

How to move computers to  a new OU

Moving workstations out of the Computers container and into a new container

Resolution

The correct password policy has to be assigned to the new container.
The "Default Password Policy" is created for the computers container and is created properly for computer accounts to allow workstations to join the domain.

Assign the "Default Password Policy" policy to the new container.
If the "Default Password Policy" is not assigned or another policy is created and assigned, workstations might not be able to join the domain.  See TID 7004481

The container should only contain computers.  Otherwise users will be assigned the password policy for the computers.

Use redircmp to move computer accounts
redircmp container-dn

Example moving computers to the ou=computers,ou=location1,DC=novell,dc=com
redircmp ou=computers,ou=location1,DC=novell,dc=com

Computers have the containment flag set so that leaf objects can be created under a computer.  This is because some applications create leaf objects under a computer object.  Since containment is set the object will have to be partitioned to use iManager or MMC to move the object.  

Additional Information

Another option is to export the computer object(s), delete in the directory, then import into the new location.

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