Active Directory (AD) delegation is essential for managing permissions and access to AD resources. However, when delegated users are not getting the expected rights, troubleshooting and resolving the issue can be challenging. In this blog post, we will explore how to troubleshoot delegation issues in AD and ensure that delegated users have the appropriate permissions, including resetting passwords and joining computer accounts to the domain.

Understanding Delegation Issues

Various factors, including incorrect delegation settings, permission inheritance issues, or conflicting permissions, can cause delegation issues in AD. Some joint delegation issues include:

  • Delegated users not able to perform assigned tasks
  • Delegated users have access to resources they should not have access to
  • Inconsistent delegation settings across different OUs

Troubleshooting Delegation Issues

To troubleshoot delegation issues in AD, follow these steps:

  1. Check delegation settings: The first step in troubleshooting delegation issues is to verify the delegation settings are configured correctly. Check the delegation settings in the AD Users and Computers console and ensure that the assigned groups have the appropriate permissions for the OU.
  2. Check permission inheritance: Delegation issues can also be caused by permission inheritance issues. Ensure permission inheritance is enabled for the OU and permissions are inherited from the parent OU if necessary.
  3. Check conflicting permissions: Conflicting permissions can also cause delegation issues. Check the permissions of any other groups or users with access to the same resources as the delegated groups and ensure no conflicting permissions exist.
  4. Check group membership: Verify that the delegated users are members of the delegated groups and that their membership is current. If necessary, remove and re-add the user to the group.
  5. Check domain controllers: If the delegation issue persists, check the domain controllers to ensure that they are replicating correctly and that there are no errors or issues with AD replication.


Delegation issues in AD can be frustrating and time-consuming to troubleshoot, but following the steps outlined above can quickly identify and resolve the issue. Remember to check delegation settings, permission inheritance, conflicting permissions, group membership, and domain controller replication when troubleshooting delegation issues. Regularly reviewing your delegation settings and permissions ensures that your AD environment is secure and that delegated users have the appropriate permissions to perform their duties.


Cristal Kawula MVP