Moving an Object

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open ADSI Edit.
  2. If an entry for the naming context you want to browse is not already displayed, do the following:
  3. Right-click on ADSI Edit in the right pane and click Connect to….
  4. Fill in the information for the naming context, container, or OU where the object is currently. Click on the Advanced button if you need to enter alternate credentials.
  5. In the left pane, browse to the container or OU that contains the object you want to modify. Once you’ve found the object, right-click on it and select Move.
  6. Browse to the new parent of the object, select it and click OK.

If the parent container of the object you want to move has a lot of objects in it, you may want to add a new connection entry for the DN of the object you want to move. This may save you time searching through the list of objects in the container. You can do this by right-clicking ADSI Edit and selecting Connect to…. Under Connection Point, select Distinguished Name and enter the DN of the object you want to move.Using a command-line interface

> dsmove "" -newparent

The dsmove utility can work against any type of object (there are no limitations as with dsadd and dsmod). The first parameter is the DN of the object to be moved. The second parameter is the new parent container of the object. The -s parameter can additionally be used to name a specific server to work against.

Using VBScript

' This code moves an object from one location to another in the same domain.
strNewParentDN = "LDAP://"
 strObjectDN    = "LDAP://cn=jsmith,


 strObjectRDN   = "cn=jsmith"

 ' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------
set objCont = GetObject(strNewParentDN)
 objCont.MoveHere strObjectDN, strObjectRDN

The MoveHere method can be tricky, so an explanation of how to use it to move objects is in order. First, you need to call GetObject on the new parent container. Then call MoveHere on the parent container object with the ADsPath of the object to move as the first parameter and the RDN of the object to move as the second.

The reason for the apparent duplication of cn=jsmith in the MoveHere method is that the same method can also be used for renaming objects within the same container.