Saturday, April 25, 2020

Changing Default Containers to OU's in AD

Change the default OUs for Users and Computers in Active Directory

In windows by default there are two containers, the Computers container and Users Containers.  When you join new workstations, servers or add new users to your domain they will show up in either of these by default and no policies will be applied to them until you move the user or computer object into an OU. This is because Group Policy Objects do not apply to containers only OU's. Luckily you can change where active directory puts computers and users upon creation using the following commands:

Set the default OU for new computers to land in using redircmp
C:\Windows\system32>redircmp "OU=New Computers,OU=Computers,OU=NORTH COAST,DC=ncc,DC=lan"
Redirection was successful.

Set the default OU for new user accounts to land in using redirusr
C:\Windows\system32>redirusr "OU=New Accounts,OU=Accounts,OU=NORTH COAST,DC=ncc,DC=lan"
Redirection was successful.

Once done you should find that newly added users and computer land in your newly designated OU's which will allow you to do things like automatically push software to new workstations via group policy or make sure that new users get their home folders and network drives mapped without any further changes.