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adding PCs vs. users into an OU

By wildbear63 ·
I have a situation that I hope someone can clarify for me. I have the network manager wanting us to change our naming convention for the user's PCs because he says they have issues with AD that using a unique PC ID (which we use now) makes it much more difficult. If we go with a PC name based on the User ID, that stays the same across all PCs that user might use, then we run into duplicate name conflicts every time we have a major rollout or re-image a PC (which we do almost daily). He says the issues affect Active Directory, antivirus, SMS, and NetMeeting, and various daily and weekly issues in the network side of it. In all my training and experience I was under the distinct impression that using a PC name instead of a user ID to assign rights in an OU was the last resort and probably the worst practice. Am I wrong? We don't have any general use PCs such as Internet kiosks. All PCs are specifically assigned to a user.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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by BFilmFan In reply to adding PCs vs. users into ...

You should have unique ID's for machine and users accounts. His advice that machine names should be based on user accounts tells me that he is having an issue monitoring the network and doesn't understand AD.

GPO's can be applied to OU's of all user accounts, all machine accounts or a mix of both. That is a call the AD support team needs to make depending upon how your business functions.

You're right and he's wrong. I can guarantee you that the majority of IT support people that use the forums will tell you that user accounts and machine accounts have unique naming conventions in their enviornments.

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