disabling computer accounts?

In AD< what does disabling a computer account do?  I think we have users who are logging in with disbaled computer accounts and its working. Disabling user accounts always prevents them from logging in though


Also, how do you set a policy, that says something like "cannot add this computer to the domain unless it exists as an object in the domain already."  That way, we have to add the PC to AD before joining it to a domain.
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luv2smileCommented:
When you disable an account....it does just that disables it so it won't work. If disabled accounts are still working, check out this article:

http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBL/tip5700/rh5794.htm
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luv2smileCommented:
Also, for the future....you shouldn't ask 2 questions under one thread. You should post a new question for each specific question that you have. That way it is fair in awarding points and giving more experts more chances to help you out.
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cfairleyCommented:
Hello dissolved,

Just to back up luv2smile, she is correct on both issues, here is the textbook answer, FYI.

 Disabling a computer account breaks that computer's connection with the domain and that computer will not be able to authenticate to the domain.
http://www.eu.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/advanced/help/default.asp?url=/windows2000/en/advanced/help/dsadmin_computers_disable.htm

On the second question, that option does not exist.

Next time you ask two questions in one thread, we will have to smack you hand with a ruler :-)
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cfairleyCommented:
PS, give points to luv2smile.
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
sorry about the two question thing. Didnt want to flood board with questions. Figured I could save some room (i have unlimited points, I wasnt trying to "get my moneys worth"). Just wanted to clarify.
Thanks for the help guys!
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
positive feedback left for both of you
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luv2smileCommented:
Thanks! :) No problem....we're here to help and help EE run more smoothly :)
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
:-)
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