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PowerShell Set Computer Description in Active Directory

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Administrator or PowerShell users can do more with less coding.

Code example below will set computer description in Active Directory via a text file.

Text file name is “computers.txt”  in D drive location. (Of course this file can be located anywhere and any file name as well.)

Anyway for the sake of this example, the file name is “computers.txt” and file is located on root of D drive.

Text file structure should be something like this:


In which, Comp1A is the computer name and User1A is the computer description. "-" is jut a delimiter for the two unique value.

PowerShell Script below uses Get-ADComputer cmdlet to get the reference of the Computer object and Set-ADComputer to set the data to computer object property.

Since the Text file is separated by "-". Computer Name-Computer Description

This line below will split the data into array.

  $TxtFileVar = $_ -split '-'
  Write-Host $TxtFileVar[0]; Write-Host $TxtFileVar[1]

This command below will set the computer description in Active Directory.

  $comp = Get-ADComputer $TxtFileVar[0]; $comp.Description = $TxtFileVar[1];  Set-ADComputer -Instance $comp

Below is the full script:


$TxtFileVar = Get-Content "d:\computers.txt"

$TxtFileVar | foreach {

  $TxtFileVar = $_ -split '-'

  Write-Host $TxtFileVar[0]; Write-Host $TxtFileVar[1]

  $comp = Get-ADComputer $TxtFileVar[0]; $comp.Description = $TxtFileVar[1];  Set-ADComputer -Instance $comp



Sample Output of Write-Host command:

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