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    Similar here boredguy,
    I used to use a vbs but converted to powershell a couple years ago.
    A scheduled export of student data from our SIS + scheduled run of said script = AD / email accounts automagically created 1 day after enrollment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADMaster View Post
    Similar here boredguy,
    I used to use a vbs but converted to powershell a couple years ago.
    A scheduled export of student data from our SIS + scheduled run of said script = AD / email accounts automagically created 1 day after enrollment.
    We do similar here, only prob we have is that staff expect user account to be ready within minutes of the student being admitted in SIMS (Grr ). I'll update it at some point to check semi regularly for new students and trigger a creation script. We have gone one futher step and purchased a Dymo label printer so the users account details gets automatically printed onto a label. Student walks in the office, we just give them a label - really easy.

    Meldrew

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    Just been playing with that dovestones one. Starts very promisingly, looks decent, but within 5 minutes realised it's coded by geeks with no regard to the end user. It looks simpler than AD Infinitum but in fact far more complicated to use, unnecessarily. Very usable if you really can be bothered to find out the relevant distinguished names etc but that really is pointless. At least with ADI you can save presets for each type of user. Sort of a shame really as it'll pull from SQL databases, so could be used to pull from SIMS. Slightest bit of tinkering would make it very purchaseworthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meldrew View Post
    We do similar here, only prob we have is that staff expect user account to be ready within minutes of the student being admitted in SIMS (Grr ).
    Meldrew
    We export the student list twice a day from SIMS, 7am and 12pm, so user accounts can be created automatically once they are enrolled.
    Now we have moved to Office 365, their e-mail account gets created around upto 3 hours after their user account by the time the basic account is created, then our own PS script runs to set licenses and mailbox policies

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    We do similar to some previous posters, using a powershell script that checks an exported report from SIMS and then checks against AD. If it finds any new users then accounts are created, dropped in the right year group/OU, mailboxes set up, and an e-mail sent to us and the IT teaching department with details. The scheduled task runs hourly so any accounts are created pretty quickly once on SIMS.

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    We use Active User Manager, and have done for the last couple of years at least (since leaving RM and going Vanilla). Once set up it's really good.. automates shares etc.

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