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Active Directory Cookbook by Robbie Allen

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8.12. Changing the Default Container for Computers

Problem

You want to change the container that computers are created in by default.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open LDP.

  2. From the menu, select Connection Connect.

  3. For Server, enter the name of a domain controller (or leave blank to do a serverless bind).

  4. For Port, enter 389.

  5. Click OK.

  6. From the menu, select Connection Bind.

  7. Enter credentials of a domain user.

  8. Click OK.

  9. From the menu, select Browse Modify.

  10. For Dn, enter the distinguished name of the domainDNS object of the domain you want to modify.

  11. For Attribute, enter wellKnownObjects.

  12. For Values, enter the following:

    B:32:AA312825768811D1ADED00C04FD8D5CD:CN=Computers,<DomainDN>

    where <DomainDN> is the same as the DN you enter for the Dn field.

  13. Select Delete for the Operation and click the Enter button.

  14. Go back to the Values field and enter the following:

    B:32:AA312825768811D1ADED00C04FD8D5CD:<NewComputersParent>,<DomainDN>

    where <NewComputersParent> is the new parent container for new computer objects (e.g., ou=RAllenCorp Computers).

  15. Select Add for the Operation and click the Enter button.

  16. Click the Run button.

  17. The result of the operations will be displayed in the right pane of the main LDP window.

Using a command-line interface

> redircmp "<NewParentDN>"

Using VBScript

' This code changes the default computers container.
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
strNewComputersParent = "<NewComputersParent>" ' e.g. OU=RAllenCorp Computers
strDomain             = "<DomainDNSName>" ' e.g. rallencorp.com ...

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