Impact of Active Directory Migration or domain change on SharePoint – Part 1

Now a part 2 of this is available you can read here

There can be situations when your organizations decides to change name due to mergers, acquisitions or splits. In this case quite often users are migrated from one active directory to other. This will definetely have impact on SharePoint users, servers and configurations.

Generally active directory migrations are done in two steps

  1. Migrate users and computers
  2. Migrate servers and service accounts

This post will cover the first point, second one will be covered in second post.

Generally when users are migrated in active directory you would expect that Microsoft products will be handled automatically but strangely that is not the case with SharePoint due to the reason User Profile service works in SharePoint. Reason is that User Profile Service does not work with Secuirty Identifier (SID history).

Before you migrate the users another thing which needs to be taken care is that all the Web Applications needs to allow new domain to do that please refer to below TechNet article

When users are migrated in Active Directory, SharePoint has provided a command to migrate the users in SharePoint as well.

To migrate user in the whole farm use below command

$farm = Get-SPFarm

$farm.MigrateUserAccount( $_.oldlogin, $_.newlogin, $false )

Note that old login  and login should be read like below



Reference article

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PowerShell to update an item in SharePoint List #SharePoint #PowerShell

If you are working in support you might get tickets to update a particular item as users are not able to update some columns as it’s locked due to some workflow or checks in forms´customization. The user in workflow is on leave or currently not available so as support you can do it from back via PowerShell.

It can be done via some simple PowerShell commands as below

$web = Get-SPWeb “Put site URL here”

$list = $web.Lists[“ListName”]

$item = $list.GetItemByID(46)

$item[“Status”] = “Approved”


So in above example first we create reference to the web we are going to work upon, then refer to list on which you are going to work upon.

Next step is to get a specific item by using ID and we are using GetItemByID function. As an example we have used item id 46, you need to replace this with your ID.

Next is to update a particular column value, here “Status” is a column name, which is being updated with new value “Approved”.

Last step “update” function is important else value will not be updated.