OU

Introduction

n this article, we will walk you through what an organizational unit is and how to create one.

An organizational unit (OU) is a container in the Active Directory domain that allows you to logically group objects in the Active Directory domain, such as accounts, service accounts, or computer accounts.

You can create multiple OU’s inside a single Active Directory Organizational Unit. It allows you to link to a Group Policy object and assign permission to users, computers, or groups.

Create an Organizational Unit in Active Directory

To create a new organization unit in Active Directory, your account must have administrator permissions or delegation permissions to create an OU.

There are various ways to create an OU in Active Directory. We will create an OU by using Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC), Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC), and Powershell Commands.

Create a new OU using Active Directory Users and Computers

1. Launch Server Manager > Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers or go to Run, type dsa.msc and hit enter.

Create Organizational Unit in Active Directory

2. In the left side of the pane, right-click domain > New > Organizational Unit.

Create Organizational Unit in Active Directory

3. Enter the unique name of the OU and click OK.

Create Organizational Unit in Active Directory

Create a new OU using Active Directory Administrative Center

1. In Server Manager, click Tools > Active Directory Administrative Center.

2. In the left pane, choose your managed domain for example easytechhub.com, it will show existing list of OU’s.

3. In the task pane, on the right side, under the domain such as easytechhub.com, click New > Organizational Unit.

4. In the Organization Unit window, specify the OU name, description, and if you want, you can also set Manage by Field and click OK.

5. Back in the Active Directory Administrative Center, check that the new OU has been created.

Create a new OU using Powershell

In this example, we will create a Sales OU in the AD domain.

To create a new OU using PowerShell, open Powershell with administrator privileges.

Run the following command in PowerShell to create a new OU.

New-ADOrganizationalUnit –Name “Sales” –Path “DC=easytechhub,DC=com”

Create Organizational Unit in Active Directory

The sales OU has been created

Create Organizational Unit in Active Directory

Follow our article below on how to add a server to a domain network.

https://easytechhub.com/how-to-add-a-server-to-a-domain-network/

Conclusion

An Organizational Unit (OU) is a container in Active Directory that holds objects such as users, computers, accounts, and service accounts. In this article we learned how to create OU’s by using Active Directory Users and Computers, Active Directory Administrative Center, and Powershell.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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