Adding computers to Active Directory before they exist?

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Is it possible to add computers to an Active Directory OU when the computer is not on the network or confgured yet? I want to add computers to an OU that assigns the computer software when it logs into the domain, but I don't want to log into the domain then switch the computer account into the OU and then log out and back in for the sofware to install. The reason is because I will have people helping me with the setup of the workstations and they will not have access to the domain. Should I just setup the policy different? All the computers will be logging in as the same user, but I want to assign software to the computer...

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All you have to do is create the computer account in the appropriate OU. When you join the workstation to the domain, it will use that account and your policies will be applied.

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