How to disable a computer in Active Directory using PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to disable a computer account in Active Directory (AD) using PowerShell, and how you can get it done easily with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to disable a computer in AD using powershell :

  • Identify the domain in which the computer account to be disabled is located.
  • Create and compile the script for disabling the AD account. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script to disable an AD computer account:
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    PS C:\> Disable-ADAccount -Identity fs1$
    Click to copy entire script
  • To disable AD computer accounts in bulk, you have to write a different script.

ADManager Plus

How to disable a computer in Active Directory :

  • Navigate to Management > Computer Management > Bulk Computer Modification.
  • Select the Domain and the Computer Account(s) you wish to disable. You can even import this list from a CSV file.
  • Click Apply to disable the AD accounts selected.


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Although disabling an AD computer account with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations:

  • PowerShell script can be run only from the computers which have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed in them.
  • Need for a new script, in case multiple AD accounts are to be disabled.
  • The syntax, parameters and iterations need to be correct. A typo or incorrect syntax might be difficult to spot and rectify, especially when the script is a long one.
  • Cannot delegate the modification of AD accounts or other AD management tasks to help desk technicians.

ADManager Plus lets you perform the same with a few clicks from its web based GUI console with pre-defined reports to list enabled computers and disable them right from the reports. It also has options for automating disabling of inactive AD accounts.

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