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How does my department obtain an Organizational Unit?

Creating an OU in Active Directory

For OU Administrators:

This page contains information on how to establish an OU (organizational unit) in Active Directory.

Any College may request a top-level Organizational Unit (OU) in the UofI Active Directory. At least one "OU Administrator" must be designated. The designated administrator(s) must be permanent employees of the University. Upon creation, the OU Admin(s) will be granted the permission to create users, groups, computers, and sub-OUs in the OU.

Technology Services encourages sub-OUs to be placed within their respective college OUs. Technology Services can connect you to the appropriate OU Admin for your request.

Employees wishing to "join" an already-existing OU Admin group for their department must contact a previously designated OU Admin or department head for permission prior to the request. It is also the OU Administrator's responsibility to notify the Active Directory Support Team of any changes in administrators for their OU by emailing

If you do not have college representation, please email with the following information:

  • NetIDs of at least one full-time employee responsible for OU
  • Name of unit
  • Preferred abbreviation of the OU

KeywordsAD Active Directory OU Organizational Unit   Doc ID48091
OwnerActive D.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2015-03-03 15:23:30Updated2020-03-16 17:22:22
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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