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    Bulk user creation

    Its almost that time of year again where hundreds of users must all be created with the minimum of fuss. How do you go about it? Have you found a freeware app? Do you have it as part of a mangement package? Or have you brought a tool especially for the task. Please let us all know here.........

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    I use my own script I've created....

    I seriously need to edit it some more tho as it needs tweaking but once I have, maybe I could show you all

    I just need to variable-ise it and add a few other features. I've been adapting it off and on for a while since getting the 2003 server last aug/sept

    Cheers,
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    Re: Bulk user creation

    right as we have rm we have buik import tool which reads from csv.

    But befor now used various methords ussaly arund an excel sheet that uses macro's to create usernames with dob then a script import them into the system.

    Russ

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    Hyena. Its very quick to create users. You define a template with all the usual settings and then just manually enter the user names and off it goes. More info here.

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    ...and then just manually enter the user names and off it goes...
    Manually?

    *yuck*

    My process is fairly easy in that you just:

    - export list of users from SIMS [I'll have to make a custom SIMS .net report now perhaps] to a csv
    - open in excel
    - add a column (to place the script name at the begining of each line)
    - save it
    - rename to .bat


    ...and voilla (adding @echo off at the begining if desired).

    Of course, it all depends on what you use as usernames but mine consists of:

    Code:
    "XXYZZZZZ..."
    
    XX - starting year
    Y - Reg group
    ZZZZZ... - First name (use of surnames in a username tricky in wales lol - jones x 1M hehe)
    so my columns are as follows:

    [scriptname] [Year] [Reg] [Forename1] [Forename2] [Forename3] [surname]

    As the rest can come from SIMS [now! ...I used to just add column in excel and fill it with the year - probably have to change it to the two digit equiv], its only the scriptname you have to add

    Hope this makes some sense and again, I'll be working on my script too real soon - it does much but needs to do a tad more

    Cheers,
    N

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    manually enter the user names
    I should have specified in the initial post that users should have to be imported in csv (or similar) format.

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    I used adduser.exe from the resource kit last year but I am going to use a VB script this year that will do all the directory permissions as well.

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    I use UserManagemeNT by Tools4Ever. They've actually got a newer version out, but it is a nightmare of complexity. With this version, you can import a .csv or .txt file with names & any other info you want & have it create the usernames &/or passwords which it will then dump into a new .csv file for you.

    If anyone needs more info, PM me, cause I don't think you can download it from the site anymore.

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    I use the User Import Wizard that comes with WinSuite. Imports a .csv and is sooooooo eas to use.

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    Welllll, it really depends on whether you still have NT 4 or have moved into the real world....(sic)

    Used a combination of SIMS.net to Excel to AddUser, then Xcalc (or similar!) to link home directory with user security. But thats NT!

    With AD then its a case of generating or using User object names with target OUs, ensuring unique SAMaccount names and once again securing home folders.

    I have had issues with the order of user ACLs, which required a re-enumeration of all user directory security, and am still having issues with Group Membership.

    In fact, if anyone can offer some advice on automating user membership of groups using scripts, that would be kool!

    PS. worst task is archiving leavers' directories onto CD and backups, for when students decide that they DO NEED their completed work!!

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    Whoops! As a user I am a Guest, as a person I am Keith Fermor... who didn't logon on.... WhatEver!!

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    Just for Interest :-

    Export from SIMS.net to .csv
    Applescript to create ldif file
    Import via ConsoleOne(PC) or iManager(Os X or Linux)
    Great Util's called iFolderCreator & Homes
    Beer Time !



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    Re: Bulk user creation

    i use a csv file created from sims, modified and a vbscript i wrote myself.
    I had to rewrite it last year to add to active directory, which was quite troublesome.

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    I should have specified in the initial post that users should have to be imported in csv (or similar) format.
    Hyena will import from CVS using the User Import/Export tool but I do it manually because I usually only have 30 pupils per year to deal with. Its just as fast manually as it is to sort out a CVS file.

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    Re: Bulk user creation

    A new guy in our tech circle just came up with this - yet to give it a try - tell us how you find it if you use it! cheers!

    download from edugeek here: http://edugeek.net/index.php?name=Fo...ic&p=1226#1226

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