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Active Directory Domain Services 2008 : Create a Computer Object

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Create a Computer Object by Using the Windows Interface

To create a computer object by using the Windows interface, perform the following steps:

1.
Log on to a domain controller or a member computer that has Windows Server 2008 RSAT installed.

2.
Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

3.
In the console tree, right-click the OU or container where you want to store the computer object, click New, and click Computer.

4.
Type the name of the computer in the Computer name field, as shown in Figure 1.



Figure 1. Creating a new computer object using the Windows interface.


Tip

The Computer name (pre-Windows 2000) field is automatically populated by the wizard. You can modify this field if required.

5.
If you want to permit someone other than the Domain Admins group to join the computer to AD DS, click the Change button.

6.
In the Select User or Group window, shown in Figure 2, type the name of the user or group you want to permit to join this computer to the domain, and click OK.

Figure 2. Select User or Group window.


7.
If the computer account is pre-Windows 2000, select the Assign this computer account as a pre-Windows 2000 computer option, as shown in Figure 3; then click OK.



Figure 3. The Assign This Computer Account as a Pre-Windows 2000 Computer option.


Create a Computer Object by Using the Command Line

To create a computer object by using the command line, perform the following steps:

1.
Log on to a domain controller.

2.
Click Start, and click Command Prompt.

3.
In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:

dsadd computer "CN=Client01,CN=Computers,DC=WS08DOMAIN01,DC=local"

(where "CN=Client01,CN=Computers,DC=WS08DOMAIN01,DC=local" is the distinguished name of the new computer object).

4.
Verify that the results of the dsadd command entered above returns dsadd succeeded, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. Creating a computer object using the command line.

Tip

For a full list of dsadd computer parameters, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754539.aspx.


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