This message could lead administrators to assume that if they select the delete OU command and then click OK, the GPMC will delete the OU and any objects that are stored in the OU. These objects would include any associated GPOs. However, this assumption is incorrect.
Because OUs may contain only users, computers, groups, and subordinate OUs, the delete OU command is limited to deleting only those objects. Specifically, the delete OU command does not delete GPOs that are associated with the OU that is being deleted. This is true for the following reasons:
- GPOs are stored in a different container.
- GPOs are linked only to admin-specified OUs.
For more information about the objects that can be defined inside an OU, go to the following Microsoft TechNet website:
Article ID: 2726151 - Last Review: 12 Jul 2012 - Revision: 1