Use 'Clonepr' to move users between AD forests

Move users between AD forests

Please let us know how useful you find this tip by rating it below. Do you have a useful Windows tip, timesaver...

or workaround to share? Submit it to our tip contest and you could win a prize!


The Windows 2000 Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) is usually the best option for moving users between forests because it also migrates passwords. If you require more flexibility than ADMT offers, you can use a Microsoft tool called ClonePrincipal (Clonepr), which is designed for inter-forest user and group copying. (You might already be aware of MoveTree, which is a tool used for intra-forest moves only, although it does maintain passwords.)

You can download ClonePrincipal here. The tool consists of several script files that you can modify and a DLL that contains much of the tool's logic.

ClonePrincipal copies user objects to the target forest instead of moving them, so the user object in the original forest is unaffected. ClonePrincipal can copy users from Windows NT 4.0 and Active Directory (AD) sources. It also populates the SIDHistory attribute, which helps maintain access to resources that the original account had, for example to files on a file server.

This was first published in June 2005

Dig Deeper on Microsoft Windows XP Pro

PRO+

Content

Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchVirtualDesktop

  • VDI assessment guide

    Wait! Don't implement VDI technology until you know your goals and needs. A VDI assessment should consider the benefits of a VDI ...

  • Guide to calculating ROI from VDI

    Calculating ROI from VDI requires a solid VDI cost analysis. Consider ROI calculation models, storage costs and more to determine...

  • Keep the cost of VDI storage under control

    Layering, persona management tools and flash arrays help keep virtual desktop users happy and VDI storage costs down.

SearchWindowsServer

SearchExchange

Close