Delete a computer object
I’m cleaning out a few virtual machines – deleting the Windows 8 developer previews now I’ve got the beta VMs created. Also means I need to clean up AD so its a good opportunity to look at deleting computer objects
$dom = [System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.Domain]::GetCurrentDomain()
$domain = $dom.GetDirectoryEntry()
$computer = "server8build"
Get-ADComputer -Identity $computer |
Get-ChildItem -Filter "(&(objectclass=computer)(cn=$computer))" `
-Path Ad:\$($domain.distinguishedname) -Recurse |
Remove-Item -Path AD:\$($_.distinguishedname) -WhatIf -Force -Recurse
Get-QADComputer -Identity $computer |
$search = [adsisearcher]$domain
$search.Filter = "(&(objectclass=computer)(cn=$computer))"
$search.SizeLimit = 3000
$comp = $_.GetDirectoryEntry()
I have used –WhatIf on the first three options so I can use the same object
The cmdlets work on a get | remove model but note we have a Remove-ADComputer but have to use the more generic Remove-QADObject
The provider discovers the computer and then pipes it into a foreach for Remove-Item to work
The script does a search and then gets the directory entry object. The DeleteObject() method exterminates the computer object.
Take the –WhatIf off the example you need to use