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  1. Introduction

  2. Requirements

  3. Installation

  4. Licensing and Registration

  5. Using Inactive Computers

  6. Scanning Active Directory for Inactive Computers

  7. Managing Inactive Computers

  8. Working with Multiple Domains


Introduction

Inactive Computers for Active Directory is Information Security Management software that will scan your Active Directory Domain for inactive computer accounts, then move, disable or delete them.

  • Search Active Directory by name and/or container
  • Specify the number of days inactive
  • Move, disable or delete stale computer accounts
  • Results are instantly saved in easy-to-read web reports
  • Integrates with any Microsoft Active Directory environment
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Requirements

  • Windows XP or Server 2000/2003 is required on the system where Inactive Computers for Active Directory is executed
  • Microsoft Directory Services is required.  All computers must be a member of the same Active Directory Domain.
  • Domain Administrator rights to Active Directory is required.
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Installation

Copy the executable (INACTIVE-COMPUTERS.EXE) to a dedicated folder on your computer and launch it.

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Licensing and Registration

Inactive Computers for Active Directory (product) is licensed per Systems Administrator.   Please review the End User License Agreement for details.

To register Inactive Computers for Active Directory, copy the file sent to you by Absolute Dynamics to the same folder as INACTIVE-COMPUTERS.EXE.  When the executable is launched, the product will automatically be registered.

Absolute Dynamics provides the following benefits to our customers:

  • E-mail support
  • Elimination trial version limitation
  • Additional licenses can be purchased at anytime
  • Input into the future design all Absolute Dynamics products
  • Free upgrades for the first year
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Using Inactive Computers

Inactive Computers for Active Directory is very powerful.  USE WITH CAUTION!  Disabling and/or deleting computer accounts will break domain logons from those computers.

Usage Tip:  Use this utility to move computers to an empty container, then use Active Directory Users and Computers to disable the computer accounts.  Wait 2-4 weeks then delete the accounts.

 

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Scanning Active Directory for Inactive Computers

By default, Inactive Computers for Active Directory will search all computers in the root of the current domain that you are logged on.

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Search Filter: You can specify a computer name search filter in the first field above.  If you enter A, all computers beginning with the letter A will be scanned.  If you enter *A, all computers containing the letter A will be scanned.  By default all computers are scanned.

Start Path: You can also change the start path of the search by selecting a container from the list.  The selected container and all sub-containers will be scanned for inactive computers.

Days Inactive: Enter the number of days the computer has been inactive.  By default, Microsoft Windows XP/2000/2003 computers change their password every 30 days.

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Manage Inactive Computers

Once you've found the of list inactive computers based on your search criteria.  You're presented with the following options:

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Remove Computer from List: The selected computer will be removed from the list.  It is not removed from Active Directory, just the list of computers you are working with.  It's a good idea to carefully review the list and remove computers that you don't want processed.

Ping Computer: Pings the computer name and returns a success or failure. 

Move Computers: Prompts for a destination container.  Moves all of the computers in the list to the destination container.

Disable Computers: Disables all of the computer accounts in the list.

Enable Computers: Enables all of the computer accounts in the list.

Delete Computers: Permanently deletes all of the computer accounts in the list.

Once an action is taken to Move, Disable, Enable or Delete, a status bar will keep you updated with the progress.  Once completed, a HTML report is displayed with the results.

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Working with Multiple Domains

Inactive Computers for Active Directory uses your existing credentials when searching, modifying or administering Active Directory objects or remote computers on the network. To access other domains on your network, right click inactive-computers.exe and perform a RunAs command against the executable, then specify the proper domain credentials.

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