[THIN] Re: pc to thin client

  • From: "Braebaum, Neil" <neil.braebaum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 17:21:03 +0100

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sullivan, Glenn [mailto:GSullivan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> Sent: 03 October 2002 17:04
> To: 'thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
> Subject: [THIN] Re: pc to thin client
> New thin clients are easy to set up: RIS the image down, and 
> then move the computer into the OU.  All done...

Speaking of which (moving computers within AD), I wrote a utility
(essentially vbscript / ADSI, runs as an HTA) that allows us to offload
practically all of the management of computer objects to the people who do
the hands on stuff.

Basically, it assumes a privileged account (password needs to be entered),
prompts for a computer name, produces drop down lists of two OU structures
(grabbed from AD), one for the OU  the computer should be in, another for an
OU that the computer object's location field should point at (this refers to
another OU, where printers are grouped by location, the computer OU
structure is based around different criteria - another login script, I
wrote, uses the computers location field, then opens this "printer" OU, then
maps to them), and produces a multi-selectable drop-down list of
(appropriate / selected) groups the computer object should be a member of.

The utility creates the computer object, if it doesn't already exist, in the
correct OU location - or moves existing computer objects, then sets the
other stuff (location field, and group membership(s)).

The PC builds are done by scripted RIS installs, too - this side of things
that I wrote, means that the AD techies don't need to do repetive, trivial
tasks for computer object management.

If this is of any interest to anyone, I'll gladly go over the techniques
used (code is quite organisation specific).


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