An important feature of Nova is the ability to set up and use virtual organizational units. If you’re familiar with on-premises Active Directory, then you’ll already be familiar with organizational units. The problem is that Azure Active Directory and Office 365 don’t have this concept. The users are stored in a flat list, which can make working with multiple geographies and multiple departments much more difficult. So, in Nova we’ve re-introduced organizational units. We call them virtual organizational units. You can create a hierarchy of these just like you would in an on premises Active Directory environment.

Creating a virtual organizational unit

Follow the steps below to set up a virtual organizational unit.
Note: Any organizational units set up in Nova are not pulled into Active Directory.

  1. In the left menu, select Manage Administration > Tenants.
  2. Either:
  • Click the ellipsis button (…) next to a tenant and select New.
  • Or, create a virtual organizational unit that’s nested under an existing one by expanding the tenant, finding the organizational unit you’ll create one under, clicking the ellipsis button (…) next to it, and selecting New.
  1. Enter a name for the new organizational unit and click Save.

Note: If you wish to make use of the ‘User Assignment Rule’ feature, review this article.

Viewing users and groups assigned to a virtual organizational unit

Follow the steps below to see a list of users and groups currently assigned to a virtual organizational unit.

  1. In the left menu, select Manage Administration > Tenants.
  2. Expand the organizational units until you find the one whose users you want to see.
  3. Click the desired organizational unit’s ellipses button (…) and select Users & Groups to see a list of users and groups that were added to the group within Nova. Note: You can see other objects as well, such as mailboxes and contacts.

Adding a user or group to a virtual organizational unit

Complete the steps below to add a user or group to a virtual organizational unit.

  1. In the left menu, select Manage Administration > Tenants.
  2. Expand organizational units until you find the one to which you’ll add a new user or group.
  3. Click the desired organizational unit’s ellipses (…) button and select Users & Groups.
  4. Select the checkbox next to the desired user or group and click the Move button.
  5. Expand the tree until you find the desired target organizational unit, and then select it and click Save.

Deleting a virtual organizational unit (moving assigned users)

When deleting a virtual organizational unit containing users, those users can be moved to another vOU. Here’s how to do it:

  1. In the left menu, select Manage Administration > Tenants.
  2. Expand organizational units until you find the one you want to delete.
  3. Click the desired organizational unit’s ellipses button (…) and select Delete.
  4. In the left frame, find and select the vOU to which you’ll move any users from the deleted vOU, and then click OK to apply the changes.

Video

Here’s a video showing the steps above:

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