How to remove AD computers using PowerShell

The following is a comparison between removing computers from a Active Directory domain with Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus:

Windows PowerShell

Steps to remove AD computers using PowerShell:

  • Identify the domain in which you want to remove computers in AD.
  • Identify the LDAP attributes you needed to identify the desired computers
  • Compile the script.
  • Execute it in Windows PowerShell.

Sample PowerShell script:

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Import-Module ActiveDirectory
Remove-ADComputer -Identity "DemoComputer001"
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ADManager Plus

Steps to delete computers:

  • Select Management -> Computer Management -> Delete Computers.
  • Choose the domain and OU.
  • Select the desired list of computers or import a CSV file, and click Apply.

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Remove computer objects in Active Directory using ADManager Plus

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Following are the limitations to remove computers in using native tools like Windows PowerShell:

  • We can run this script only from the computers which have Active Directory Domain Services role.
  • With each attribute update, the script will get longer and complicated
  • Troubleshooting is not easy in case of errors.

ADManager Plus can delete computers in bulk armed with just a CSV file from a simple and intuitively designed UI.

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