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What exactly does a red 'X' in Active Directory represent? I know that a red 'X' over a user account means the account is disabled, but what does it represent when placed next to a Computer object?

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It means the computer object is disabled. That would mean if the computer was switched on it would be denied access to the Domain.

Every computer running Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or a server running Windows Server 2003 that joins a domain has a computer account. Similar to user accounts, computer accounts provide a means for authenticating and auditing computer access to the network and to domain resources. Each computer account must be unique.

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Is there a way to enable the computer account? I mean, short of going to the actual computer and removing/re-adding back to the domain? – rodey Nov 13 '09 at 20:31
You should be able to right-click and select "Enable Account" – Zypher Nov 13 '09 at 20:33
Odds are good, though, that it's disabled because it has been disjoined from the domain. – Evan Anderson Nov 13 '09 at 20:36

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