I created a list of computers I wanted to join to Active Directory on my Macbook, but I couldn’t add them on my Macbook so I made a remote desktop connection onto a Windows Server 2008 R2 server to add them. There is a VBscript what will take a list of computers from a file and add them into AD. The script is extremely helpful when you need to add 100+ computers. I created this text file using Notepad and pasted the list I made on my Macbook (with Textedit), but when I pasted the list, all the computers came up in 1 single line. I had to manually enter a newline after each computer and resave it. But something else was wrong because when I ran the script, it only added 1 computer instead of the 25 I have listed.
After chatting with my husband, he informed me how Mac carriage return might be a little different than Windows’. But how can it be when I use Notepad which is all plaintext? Well I decided to open that file using Wordpad and BAM!… extra newlines were there. I deleted the extra newlines and the script worked perfectly.
What I learned today was that sometimes using Wordpad over Notepad isn’t so bad after all.