Discover computers with Active Directory

If you use role-based administration, you must have the Computer search, protection and groups right to perform this task. For more information, see Managing roles and sub-estates.

You can use Active Directory to discover networked computers and add them to the Unassigned group.

  1. On the toolbar, click the Discover computers icon.
  2. In the Discover Computers dialog box, select Discover with Active Directory and click OK.
  3. You are prompted to enter a username and password. You need to do this if you have computers (for example, Windows XP Service Pack 2) that cannot be accessed without account details.
    The account must be a domain administrator’s account, or have full administrative rights over the target XP computers.
    If you are using a domain account, you must enter the username in the form domain\user.
  4. In the Discover Computers dialog box, select the domains you want to search. Click OK.
  5. Click the Unassigned group to see the computers that have been found.

To begin managing computers, select them and drag them to a group.