The ability to pre-create computer accounts on the Active Directory domain is a benefit of using a departmental Organizational Unit (OU), thereby avoiding placing a computer in the default computer section of the domain where there is a limit of 10 computers per user. Learn more about Active Directory Organizational Units on Microsoft's Technet.

To create a departmental OU, create a ticket with the subject "Create Organizational Unit for my department." IT Services will contact you for the necessary information to complete your request. If your department has an OU, the existing OU admin can create a new OU within the departmental OU and grant access to it.

Once your OU is created, install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows. Instructions for activating RSAT are available on the OU Security Groups Tech Article. 

The following information is for managing Active Directory domain computers with an OU using Windows.

To create a computer account in your OU using a Windows computer that is already a member of the domain:

  1. Open the Start menu and search for "Active Directory Users and Computers." Press Enter.
  2. Navigate to your OU. Click Action, then New, and then Computer.
  3. Enter the NetBIOS name of the workstation in the Computer name field.
    Note: IT Services recommends that computer names start with a four-letter department code followed by a dash and the Dell ID tag or other unique description.
  4. (Optional) Click Change to add the user who will join the domain.
  5. Click OK.

On the computer to add:

The workstation's NetBIOS name must be the same as the machine account created in the above steps. If it's necessary to change a computer name, leave it in a workgroup and reboot prior to joining the Active Directory.

  1. Log into the workstation as the local administrator.
  2. Open the Start Menu and search for File Explorer. Press Enter.
  3. Right-click This PC and select Properties.
  4. Click Change settings. Click Change.
  5. Select Domain and enter "" Click OK.
  6. Enter your UARK email address and password. Click OK.
  7. When prompted, restart the computer. Log in as the local administrator and add domain users to the appropriate local groups.

Further training on managing Organizational Units is available upon request at

Updated 08/20/2015

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