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  • Removing inactive computers

    I am looking to remove inactive or changed computer names from my computers list. I have followed the instructions I found in other posts (specifically...

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    Your computer accounts are listed under the Domain Users group as computer$. You have to expand the Global Groups option, then the Domain Users object under there shows you these accounts. Right-click on it, then choose View All User Details. This will display all users and computer accounts along with all of their properties, including Password Age in the right window.

    You can filter this list to only show you computer accounts after they are displayed in the right window. Go to Edit->Find/Filter, type in $ for the search string, and for column choose UserName. Check the box to Filter out records that DO NOT match the search string and click OK.

    This will leave you with only the computer accounts and you can sort by password age by clicking on the field header for password age. Password age is relevant because computers will change their password with the domain periodically, I believe the default might be around 7-10 days (Windows 2000 might be longer).
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    That worked great, but what I am not clear about is how I can take this list of users, and use it to remove computers from my domain. Do I need to do it from a list, one at a time sort of thing?

    thanks!
    Val

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    Re: Removing inactive computers

    You won't be able to remove them from there, but will have to go to the Computers object to do this.

    So, you would get the list of computers that should be deleted, then double-click on the Computers object to display them in the right window, and then select the computers on your list by Ctrl-clicking on them. Once you have them selected you can right-click and choose Remove From Domain.

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      Re: Removing inactive computers

      So will have to manually 'eye-ball' the list and then delete them by hand... oh well.

      thanks!
      Val

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      • #4
        Re: Removing inactive computers

        Try this microsoft q article Q197478

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