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TFMI wrote a short chapter on managing directory services.

Active Directory Service Interfaces Scripting

If the account was to be aadsi the original version was setting that value to Want to work with open resources? While a computer account is derived from the user object, there are some subtle distinctions I overlooked.

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. In the meantime, Microsoft does have documentation available.


Standard Posted by Jeffery Hicks. However, when I used that value, Active Directory turned the account really into a user and set its primary group membership to Domain Users. Posted on February 19, On pg there adsj a function for creating a new computer account in Active Directory.

Instead, I was using a user aesi value for the UserAccountControl. This will list all its properties and methods. In Windows PowerShell 2. Here’s how to use them: Don has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, and specializes in the Microsoft business technology platform. The online docs can be found here.

SharePoint Watch Sign up for our newsletter. Better ADSI documentation is coming.

For now, Microsoft’s version will have to do. Click on that and you learn that it’s a collection of IADsResource interfaces. Hurry up with that book, Cade.

Using these values the created account ended up in Domain Computers.

Active Directory Service Interfaces Scripting – Windows applications | Microsoft Docs

I do wish ADSI were better documented from a scripting point of view. After a little digging I realized my mistake.


Don is also a co-founder and President of PowerShell. I was simply taking a shortcut. A note says, “To access active sessions or open resources used by the file service, you must go through the IADsFileServiceOperations interface to retrieve sessions or resources.

Click on IADsResources and you’ll finally see that open resources have a name, lock count, path, user, user path and other properties.

Let’s say you’re interested in the FileService class. The download zip for the book has also been updated with this change. The solution was to set the UserAccountControl to a machine based value of either or I agree to this site’s Privacy Policy.

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