Allow Domain User To Update Manager Field in Active Directory

In this article we’ll go through the steps to allow a domain user that is a member of a security group, to update the manager field in Active Directory.

So open up Active Directory Users and Computers and create a Security Group that we will delegate control to, for this example we have created a group called “RL_Update_AD_Users_Manager_Field”


Now we have to also choose the container that this group can edit Users in to for this example we have a “Users”-container in our “domain“.


This opens up the Delegation of Control Wizard. Hit Next.


To add a user or group hit Add. Once you are done hit Next.


Tasks to Delegate – Hit Create a custom task to delegate. Hit Next.


Choose Only the following objects in the folder and mark the checkbox User Objects. Hit Next.


Permissions – Mark “General“, “Property-specific and “Read Manageras well as “Write Manager. Hit Next.


Hit Finish.


You’ve now delegated control to edit the “Manager“-field on user objects in the “User“-container to the security group called RL_Update AD_Users_Manager_Field.

Now to ensure that it actually works, we fire up a VM:


As you can see, my test account is a regular Domain User, with the added on delegate role security groups.


And has been able to change Manager to “Admin Ulv Bjørnsson” proving that the delegated roles work.




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