Windows – Unable to Move an OU

KB ID 0001336 


I was doing some AD redesign work for a client this week, and I needed to move an Organisational Unit (OU). However the domain had other ideas;

Domain Unable to Move OU

Active Directory Domain Services

Windows cannot move object {OU-Name} because: Access is denied.

It wasn’t a rights issue, (I was an Enterprise Administrator). 


As it turns out, it was the same problem I’d had back when Server 2008 first came out deleting an OU. Make sure you have enabled advanced features in Active Directory Users and Computers (View > Advanced Features). Then untick the following option;

Unable to Move OU

You can now move the OU (Don’t forget to re-tick that option, once you’ve got it where you want it!)

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Author: PeteLong

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