JSI Tip 7382. The DSMOVE command moves or renames an object in the Active Directory.

The DSMOVE command is one of the Active Directory command-line tools.

When you type dsmove /?, you receive:

Description:  This command moves or renames an object within the directory.
Syntax:     dsmove <ObjectDN>
                \[-newparent <ParentDN>\]
                \[-newname <NewName>\]
                \[\{-s <Server> | -d <Domain>\}\]
                \[-u <UserName>\]
                \[-p \{<Password> | *\}\]
                \[-q\]
                \[\{-uc | -uco | -uci\}\]

Parameters:

Value                   Description
<ObjectDN>              Required/stdin. Distinguished name (DN)
                        of object to move or rename.
                        If this parameter is omitted it
                        will be taken from standard input (stdin).
-newparent <ParentDN>   DN of the new parent location to which object
                        should be moved.
-newname <NewName>      New relative distinguished name (RDN) value
                        to which object should be renamed.
\{-s <Server> | -d <Domain>\}
                        -s <Server> connects to the domain controller (DC)
                        with name <Server>.
                        -d <Domain> connects to a DC in domain <Domain>.
                        Default: a DC in the logon domain.
-u <UserName>           Connect as <UserName>. Default: the logged in user.
                        User name can be: user name, domain\user name,
                        or user principal name (UPN).
-p <Password>           Password for the user <UserName>.
                        If * is used, then the command prompts for a
                        password.
-q                      Quiet mode: suppress all output to standard output.
\{-uc | -uco | -uci\}     -uc Specifies that input from or output to pipe is
                        formatted in Unicode.
                        -uco Specifies that output to pipe or file is
                        formatted in Unicode.
                        -uci Specifies that input from pipe or file is
                        formatted in Unicode.

Remarks:
If a value that you supply contains spaces, use quotation marks around the text (for example, "CN=John Smith,CN=Users,DC=microsoft,DC=com"). If you enter multiple values, the values must be separated by spaces (for example, a list of distinguished names).

Commas that are not used as separators in distinguished names must be escaped with the backslash ("\") character (for example, "CN=Company\, Inc.,CN=Users,DC=microsoft,DC=com"). Backslashes used in distinguished names must be escaped with a backslash (for example,

"CN=Sales\\ Latin America,OU=Distribution Lists,DC=microsoft,DC=com").

Examples:
The user object for the user Jane Doe can be renamed to Jane Jones with the following command:

    dsmove "cn=Jane Doe,ou=sales,dc=microsoft,dc=com" -newname "Jane Jones"

The same user can be moved from the Sales organization to the Marketing organization with the following command:

    dsmove "cn=Jane Doe,ou=sales,dc=microsoft,dc=com"
    -newparent ou=Marketing,dc=microsoft,dc=com

The rename and move operations for the user can be combined with the following command:

    dsmove "cn=Jane Doe,ou=sales,dc=microsoft,dc=com"
    -newparent ou=Marketing,dc=microsoft,dc=com -newname "Jane Jones"

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