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Automatically move computers into a certain OU (Server 2008)

Posted on 2013-06-26
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What I'd like to achieve is this:
 
When a computer is joined to the domain and the computer name starts w/ "CR" that it be moved to the "Student Computers" OU.

I don't want to pre-stage. I'm running 2008 (R2) domain functional level is 2003.

Thanks!!
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by:Mike Kline
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You can have all machines go to a certain OU using redircmp   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770619(v=ws.10).aspx

There is no way to have them intelligently placed in an OU based on name.  You would have to script a computer join process to do something like that.

Thanks

Mike
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by:McKnife
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...but of course you could setup a scheduled task at the DC that regularly moves any object based on name to your target OU using the dsmove command.
Although powershell rules, this is batch:

for /f %%a in ('dsquery computer "OU=SourceOU,DC=yourdomain,DC=localOrWhatever" -name CR*') do dsmove %%a -newparent ou=targetOU,DC=yourdomain,DC=localOrWhatever

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This would solve it.
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by:PapaSmurff
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Great. Thanks McKnife! Sorry for the delayed response just got back to work.
 
How would that look in task scheduler? Advanced task and browse to that as a .bat file??
Thanks.
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by:McKnife
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Exactly. Execute as System, passw. left empty.
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by:PapaSmurff
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Ok, it didn't work but I'm horrible at scripting. This is what's in the bat file.

for /f %%a in ('dsquery computer "OU=Computers,DC=hcrhs,DC=k12,DC=nj,DC=us," -name CR*') do dsmove %%a -newparent ou=WorkStations, ou=Student Computers,DC=hcrhs,DC=k12,DC=nj,DC=us

Our domain is hcrhs.k12.nj.us. Joined computers go into the Computers OU and I'd like them to go to:
Workstations -> "Student Computers" OU

What did I mess up in the script?
Thanks again!
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by:Mike Kline
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Is that the Computers OU or the default computers containers your computers start in?

if it is the default container user

CN=Computers.....

instead of OU=Computers

Thanks

Mike
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by:PapaSmurff
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Yes, it is. I changed that to CN=
Didn't move the test computer. The rest of the script look ok?
Thanks,
Ron
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by:McKnife
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I am about to setup a new vm testlab with 2012 R2 preview right now and won't be able to test and help you before in a few hours. But I will :)
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

Should be
for /f %%a in ('dsquery computer "CN=Computers,DC=hcrhs,DC=k12,DC=nj,DC=us," -name CR*') do dsmove %%a -newparent ou="student computers",ou=workstations,DC=hcrhs,DC=k12,DC=nj,DC=us

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by:PapaSmurff
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Thanks McKnife. Still didn't work. How can I pause the .bat file to see if there are any error messages?
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Add a second line: pause

PS: Aargh. There was an additional "," that did not belong there... try
for /f %%a in ('dsquery computer "CN=Computers,DC=hcrhs,DC=k12,DC=nj,DC=us" -name CR*') do dsmove %%a -newparent ou="student computers",ou=workstations,DC=hcrhs,DC=k12,DC=nj,DC=us

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by:PapaSmurff
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McKnife you da man!!! Thanks! Worked like a charm!
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