Creating Lists of Computer Names

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Very often you will want to run a script against a list of computers. I’ve found that the most flexible way is to grab computer names from a text file. When your scripts pull input information from a text file, there are many options available for how you create that text file. This vbscript will create a text file of all computer names in a specified Active Directory container.

I have also written about using PowerShell to generate lists of computer names.

Const ForAppending = 8
Const ForWriting = 2

Set objConnection = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
Set objCommand =   CreateObject("ADODB.Command")
objConnection.Provider = "ADsDSOObject"
objConnection.Open "Active Directory Provider"
Set objCommand.ActiveConnection = objConnection
objCommand.CommandText = _
    "Select Name, Location from 'LDAP://OU=yourcontainer,DC=yoursubdomain,DC=yourdomain,DC=com' " _
        & "where objectClass='computer'"
objCommand.Properties("Page Size") = 1000
objCommand.Properties("Timeout") = 30
objCommand.Properties("Searchscope") = ADS_SCOPE_SUBTREE
objCommand.Properties("Cache Results") = False
Set objRecordSet = objCommand.Execute

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objTextFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile _
    ("computer_list.txt", ForWriting, True)

Do Until objRecordSet.EOF
                objTextFile.WriteLine(objRecordSet.Fields("Name").Value) 'write name to file
WScript.Echo "Script Completed."