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    User Naming Convention

    Just wondering what is working for everyone for user naming conventions in AD. We are building a new AD and want to avoid duplicates but yet something that is not too long or complicated. Was thinking first 4 chars of first name followed by first four chars of last name.

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    We use year of entry,surname,.,initial

    12Smith.J if we get another J Smith then they use 12Smith.John etc. Touch wood, we haven't had any students with the same name in same year group yet!

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    @jaroslaw:

    We use first 2 characters of firstname followed by the total of first name and surname characters in numbers followed by first 2 characters of surname then a random number.

    Example - John Smith = jo45sm23

    We have had no issues with this over the past 3 years when we introduced it.

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    We use year of entry, forename, first letter of surname

    Eg 12alexf

    In the year we had both Alex Richards and Alex Rhodes, we ended up with 2 letters of surname.
    12 alexri and 12alexrh

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    year of entry + initial + surname i.e 12jbloggs

    I have a spreadsheet to work out the username based on their year and wether I'm entering it before or after september this then creates a csv for import via dovestones bulk users tool.

    Ben

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    Our students have numbers. Each year group has its wont prefix. That way if a student name changes the username doesn't

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    We use a colour per year, and a number. That way it's simple, not tied to a changeable name, and contains no personally identifiable information. Takes them a few weeks to remember when they start though!

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    2 digit year of entry - initials - number.

    Joe Bloggs - 12JB01
    John Bloggs - 12JB02

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    Year of birth, first name, surname initial, optional number, my script does it all for me. 99JoeB, 99JoeB1

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    Year, Surname, Initial e.g. 12SmithJ

    Duplicates get a 2 on the end automatically as setup during bulk process.

    Steve

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    Students:
    {YearOfEntry}{FirstName}.{Surname}

    Staff:
    {Surname}{FirstTwoLettersOfFirstName}

    No duplicates for me since setting that up.

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    We just use the student number, which is the year of entry followed by a four digit number 0001-9999. Staff follow the same procedure but the year is replaced with the initials of the school. No chance of duplicates at all.

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    For teaching staff we use their three letter (initials usually) teaching code as per SIMS.net.
    For support staff we use initial.surname.
    For students we use surname.first-two-letters-of-preferred-name

    No issues here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    We just use the student number, which is the year of entry followed by a four digit number 0001-9999. Staff follow the same procedure but the year is replaced with the initials of the school. No chance of duplicates at all.
    I am not a number! I wish we could do this, but I'd end up having to tattoo barcodes on their arms, and that has bad connotations

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    We use yearof entry first initial surname,
    for example Joe Bloggs this year was 12JBloggs duplicates just get a number on the end, not elegant but they have full name is display name and home folder path so it is obvious if they use the wrong account on a duplicate, which has happened once in our current 7 year groups of 150+

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