Synchronizing Computer 'Description' Field with ADUC Description field

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Jeremy, Apr 20, 2007.

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    Jeremy Guest

    In my ADUC, I have selcted 4 columns through the View menu: Name, Type,
    Description and Display Name.
    On my XP boxes, I can go into system properties and see the 'Computer
    Description' field. (Don't think I can do that in W2K???)
    From what I've discovered, I think that the 'Computer Description' field on
    the computer equates to the Description column in ADUC.
    But I don't know how to synchronize the two. When I change the value on
    either the computer or ADUC, no synchronizing takes place (after I reboot
    the computer).
    So I'm thinking I must be wrong about the Description field equating to the
    Computer Description Field???
    I have sent an email to all my staff with instructions of how to send me the
    name of their computer (time to get organized I guess!). When all staff has
    responded, I plan to create a batch file to synchronize the computers
    descriptions with computer names so I can more easily mangae them in ADUC.
    Will it probably be best to pipe values to dsmod querry (or something like
    that?)
    Thanks,
    Jeremy
     
    Jeremy, Apr 20, 2007
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  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Guest

    OK, I figured it out. There are two description fields and, as far as I can
    tell, they are not related.
    The Computer description is what you in the computer's system properties.
    It's also what you may see while browsing through network neighborhood.
    That's what my script changes.
    There is also the Description Attribute in AD. That's what you see when
    looking in ADUC. That can easily be modified using a dsmod computer cmd in
    a script.
    And here's a Microsoft script that will change the Description Attribute in
    AD to show who is currently logged on to a computer.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/apr05/hey0429.mspx
     
    Jeremy, Apr 21, 2007
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