How do I move objects within my forest?
You can use the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kitís Movetree
utility to move organizational units (OUs), users, or computers between domains
in a forest. This capability is useful for consolidating domains or to reflect
You canít use Movetree to move certain objects, such as local and domain
global groups. If you move the container that these objects are in, the utility
places the objects in an orphan container in the source domainís LostAndFound
Movetree also doesnít move associated data, such as policies, profiles,
logon scripts, and personal data. To move these items, use the Remote
Administration Scripts tool to write custom scripts.
Movetreeís syntax is
movetree [/start | /continue | /check] [/s SrcDSA] [/d DstDSA] [/sdn
SrcDN] [/ddn DstDN] [/u Domain\Username] [/p Password] [/quiet]
The following table explains each command
||Starts a Movetree operation with the /check option by
default. Use /startnocheck to start a Movetree operation without a
||Continues a failed Movetree operation.
||Checks the whole tree before moving an object.
||Source server's fully qualified primary DNS name.
||Destination server's fully qualified primary DNS name.
||Source subtree's root distinguished name (DN). Required
for /start and /check operations. Optional for /continue operations.
||Destination subtree's root DN. Relative distinguished name
(RDN) plus destination parent DN. Required.
||Domain name and user account name. Optional.
||Quiet mode. Doesnít include screen output. Optional.
Run the Movetree utility in /check mode first, to perform a test without
carrying out the action. Youíll see any errors that will occur, and the
utility will write these errors to the file movetree.err in your current
directory. If your test is OK, proceed with the /start option.
An example Movetree command is
movetree /check /s titanic.market.savilltech.com /d
pluto.legal.savilltech.com /sdn OU=testing,DC=Market,DC=Savilltech,DC=COM /ddn
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