Step 1: Creating OUs and Placing Computer Accounts in Them

Updated: December 7, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

In this step, you use the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in to create two OUs in your domain hierarchy: one for member servers, and one for member client computers. You then move each computer account to the relevant new OU.

To create your OUs and put your computer accounts in them

  1. On DC1, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

Note

You can also run this tool on member servers or domain-joined client computers if you first install the Remote Server Administration Tools (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=157183) from the Microsoft Download Center.

Alternatively, you can use Server Manager. Expand **Roles**, expand **Active Directory Domain Services**, and then expand **Active Directory Users and Computers \[DC1.contoso.com\]**.
  1. In the navigation pane, right-click contoso.com, click New, and then click Organizational Unit.

  2. In the Name box, type MyMemberServers, and then click OK.

  3. Right-click contoso.com again, and then click New, and then click Organizational Unit.

  4. In the Name box, type MyClientComputers, and then click OK.

  5. In the navigation pane, click Computers.

  6. In the results pane, right-click CLIENT1, and then click Move.

  7. In the Move dialog box, click MyClientComputers, and then click OK.

  8. In the results pane, right-click MBRSVR1, and then click Move.

  9. In the Move dialog box, click MyMemberServers, and then click OK.

    When you have finished, your display resembles the following figure.

  10. Close the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

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