[6.5.3] Computers CN not dispayed in Linked AD


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Jared Pickerell
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The system default Computers CN is not displayed in the structure of a Linked AD in VNC Manager 6.5.1. User created DNs are displaying. Computers that are in the "Computers" CN do display in the "All Computers" folder under the root AD object.
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Hi Jared,
I'm surely don't administer Active Directories as much as you probably do, so I would really appreciate if you could explain to me what would be reasons for having CN=Computers added when there is All Computers container already present in the tree? I understand that unlike All Computers (which queries for AD for objectCategory=computer object), CN=Computers doesn't includes domain controllers. But what are the other differences?

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Thanks Yury,

The "All Computers" folder that you have is just that, all computers and servers in the AD tree, regardless of location in the AD structure are in that one view/folder.  You should be able to see this container and it's contents in the AD structure and not have to browse through all of the computers in the entire AD structure by going the the VNC Manager Linked AD "All Computers" folder.

The CN=Computers container in the default system location that computers are placed when they are joined to AD. Generally, I move machines out of this system default Computers container and into my own user created OU structure but many times there are machines setting in that Computers container that haven't been moved out yet or that are going to be there temporarily. This container should show up in the linked AD structure of VNC Manager as it is a valid container in AD that has a very good possibility of having computers in it. You should be able to see this container and it's contents in the AD structure and not have to browse through all of the computers in the entire AD structure by going the the VNC Manager Linked AD "All Computers" folder. You may have just imaged and joined a lab of 10, 20, or 50 computers to AD, need to connect to them. They would be in the Computers CN.

I've never understood why some of these default containers are CNs instead of OUs but that is how Microsoft designed AD.

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Thank you, Jared!

This sounds like a good enough reason to have CN=Computers added to the tree. This should be implemented in the next 6.5.2 build.

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