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Hurry up with that book, Cade. The solution was to set the UserAccountControl to a machine based value of addsi or In the meantime, Microsoft does have documentation available.

In Windows PowerShell 2. This will list all its properties and methods. Don has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, and specializes in the Microsoft business technology platform.


After a little digging I realized my mistake. Better ADSI documentation is coming. If the account was to be enabled the original version was setting that value to Click on that and you learn that it’s a collection of IADsResource interfaces.

While a computer account is derived from the user object, there are some subtle distinctions I overlooked.

On pg there is a function for creating a new computer account in Active Directory. TFMI wrote a short chapter on managing directory services.

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SharePoint Watch Sign up for our newsletter. Click on IADsResources and you’ll finally see that open resources have a name, lock count, path, user, user path and other properties.

However, when I used that value, Active Directory turned the account really into a user and set its primary group membership to Domain Users.

Don is also a co-founder and President of PowerShell. The online docs can be found here. I was simply taking a shortcut. Standard Posted by Jeffery Hicks. Using these values the created account ended up in Domain Computers.


Our savvy and sharp-eyed reader noticed that when he ran the function the computer account was created but that it ended up belonging to Domain Users as opposed to Domain Computers. I do wish ADSI were better documented adsj a scripting point of view.

Active Directory Service Interfaces Scripting

For now, Microsoft’s version will have to do. Here’s how to use them: Posted on February 19, Instead, I was using a user based value for the UserAccountControl. Let’s say you’re interested in the FileService class. A note says, “To access active sessions or open resources used by the file service, sxripting must go through the IADsFileServiceOperations interface to retrieve sessions or resources.