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  • Creating a new user in Active Directory with a template?

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2
    Microsoft Exchange 2003
    All patched to the hilt

    I would like to automatically populate the "User Logon Name" and email address each time I create a new user.

    It would be based on the users first and last name.

    So if I create a new user named Joe Shmoe the end result would be a new user with the logon name:

    user logon name: jshmoe
    email address: [email protected]
    users home directory: \\fileserver\home\jshmoe

    I know this can be done as I have seen it in production, however I can not remember the steps.

    Will I need to create a template say, templateuser with %firstinitiallastname% or something similar?

    What about for the email address? Is that built into the recipient policy? I believe Microsoft recommends creating a new recipient policy and never to delete the default.

    This install is from scratch so any other helpful hints are greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your time in advance!

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    Re: Creating a new user in Active Directory with a template?

    Email addresses are taken care of by the recipient policy. The following article should help you design a recipient policy:

    With regards to the template, AFAIK this isn;t possible. Perhaps the people who you seen doing a similar task had some sort of provision engine which when you supplied it with a First Name and Last Name it automatically created the accounts based on a set of rules.

    Hope this helps

    Michael Armstrong
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