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In the meantime, Microsoft does have documentation available.

While a computer account is derived from the user object, there are some subtle distinctions I overlooked. Click on that and you learn that it’s a collection of IADsResource interfaces.

Want to work adzi open resources? Don has more than two decades of experience in the IT industry, and specializes in the Microsoft business technology platform.

Active Directory Service Interfaces Scripting

Click on IADsResources and you’ll finally see that open resources have a name, lock count, path, user, user path and other properties. The solution was to set the UserAccountControl to a machine based value of either or However, when I used that value, Active Directory turned the account really into a user and set its primary group membership to Domain Users. The download zip for the book has also been updated with this change. This will list all its properties and methods.


SharePoint Watch Sign up for our newsletter. If the account was to be enabled the original version was setting that value to Let’s say you’re interested in the FileService class. Here’s how to use them: 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. Instead, I was using a user based value for the UserAccountControl. Don is also a co-founder and President of PowerShell.

ADSI Scripting: TFM – off to the presses! – SAPIEN Blog

Using these values the created account ended up in Domain Computers. TFMAdwi wrote a short chapter on managing directory services. 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.

On pg there is a function for creating a new computer account in Active Directory.


I do wish ADSI were better documented afsi a scripting point of view. The online docs can be found here. Better ADSI documentation is coming. I was simply taking a shortcut. After a little digging I realized my mistake.

Hurry up with that book, Cade. For now, Microsoft’s version will have to do.

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