ADUC: Object username contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and all objects it contains?

While deleting a few disabled user accounts today I came across a warning message I’ve not encountered before.

Confirm Subree Deletion. Object conatins other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and all of the objects it contains?

I was only deleting a user account and had already deleted a number of them so what was different about this one?

In ADUC, I selected View – Users, Contacts, Groups and Computers as containers.

ADUC - User, Contacts, Groups and Computers as containers.

I was then able to drill down into the user and see what other objects they contained. It turns out that there was an iPhone listed in the ExchangeActiveSyncDevices for the users.

ExchangeActiveSyncDevices

So, knowing what i was deleting, it was safe to proceed.

7 thoughts on “ADUC: Object username contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and all objects it contains?

  1. DHerberts

    What is the result of deleting an account with ExchangeActiveSyncDevices? Will it wipe the phone or just delete the email?

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