How to see if the default location for new computer accounts has been changed in an Active Directory domain.

Ever since Windows 2003 it has been a best practice to redirect the default location for new computer accounts in the domain. Every new AD always domain starts with the default setting of using CN=Computers, DC=Domain, DC=Com for non prestaged computers joining the domain. In this article we will look at how to see the actual setting after the change, which has not been very straightforward.

Since the original “Computers” container is not a real Organizational Unit and can not have any directly linked Group Policy objects it is often recommended to create a more suitable OU and using the redircmp command to change the location. The domain must be in Windows 2003 Domain Functional Level or higher for this to succeed.

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