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Delete a list of computers from Active Directory

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I have run the dsquery command to show me a list of all the 8 week inactive computers, but there are certain computers inactive that are in an OU I do not want to delete so I can't run the dsquery command to remove all inactive computers.

Is there a way to just delete a list of specific computer names in Active Directory, whether I create a text file with their names, or am able to exclude an OU when removing the machines?
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by:NPProjects
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I'd just go into active directory users and computers and select each pc while pressing ctrl.

By the time you have written a script you could be done.
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Mohamed Osama earned 1600 total points
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If you would prefer scripting this one , please give this VBS script a go, please take the time to test it first


Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile("c:\computers.txt", ForReading)
 
Const ForReading = 1
 
Dim arrFileLines()
i = 0
Do Until objFile.AtEndOfStream
Redim Preserve arrFileLines(i)
arrFileLines(i) = objFile.ReadLine
i = i + 1
Loop
objFile.Close
 
'Then you can iterate it like this
 
For Each strLine in arrFileLines
set objComputer = GetObject("LDAP://CN=" & strLine & _
    ",CN=Computers,DC=fabrikam,DC=com")
objComputer.DeleteObject (0)
Next

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by:garryshape
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The script helped with certain computers. But since a lot of the computers are in completely different OU's the script doesn't work for all the computers at once.

I've run the script for certain computers, and manually removed the other computers since it was faster than fixing a script to do so for me.

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