Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Tool Location

The Movetree command-line tool is included when you install Windows Server 2003 Support Tools from the product CD or from the Microsoft Download Center ( For more information about how to install Windows Support Tools from the product CD, see Install Windows Support Tools (

Movetree.exe: Active Directory Object Manager

This command-line tool enables administrators to move Active Directory objects such as contacts between domains in a single forest. Operations such as these are performed to support domain consolidation or organizational restructuring operations.


  • Use the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) included on your Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM to move Active Directory objects such as user, computer, group, and OU. MoveTree should only be used in special cases to handle objects (such as contacts) which cannot currently be migrated by ADMT.

Corresponding UI

To move users or groups within a Windows Server 2003 domain (for example, from one organizational unit to another), use Active Directory Users and Computers, a Microsoft Management Consolesnap-in that is part of Windows Server 2003.


  • You must install Adminpak.msi before you can see the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in in Administrative Tools.


For more information about Active Directory, see the Active Directory Overview.

System Requirements

The following are the system requirements for MoveTree:

  • Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003

  • Administrator rights

Files Required

  • Movetree.dll

  • Movetree.exe

See Also


Movetree Remarks
Movetree Syntax
Movetree Examples
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