gMSA not in default location

Fabian 261 Reputation points


One of the Microsoft PFE advised me that a gMSA must be in the default location (CN=Managed Service Accounts,DC=contoso,DC=com) and not in OU (e.g. OU=gMSA,OU=Tier0,DC=contoso,DC=com) . Otherwise there would be problems with the KDS. This does not make sense to me, because this would prevent OU based delegations. I have not found any information that this is not supported.

Can anyone from MS confirm whether gMSA can be placed in another OU or not?

Greetings, fabian

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  1. Suman Bhowmik 76 Reputation points

    Yes, you can keep gMSA in different OU.
    That should not cause any issue / auth failure.

    There was a known issue which is little bit close to your statement. GMSA authentication may report error if DCs are not in Domain Controllers OU.
    Here is the reference Doc / fix -

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  1. Leon Laude 85,566 Reputation points

    Hi @Fabian ,

    As far as I know there's no documentation stating where a gMSA should be located, however from personal experience they should be created in the default location, as also stated by your Microsoft PFE (who is also from Microsoft).

    Also if you check any guide out there they all use the default location, hope this helps!


    (If the reply was helpful please don't forget to upvote or accept as answer, thank you)

    Best regards,