I change the username in AD and create a new email address.
Create a new email, transfer everything from the old email to the new and then delete the old email account. I then use the old email name as an alias to the new account, so stuff sent to the maiden name is still received.
What I don't do is bother to mess around changing path names and profile names... they sit there under the maiden name, but I haven't had a complaint yet from a newly wed. As long as the public stuff changes... logins and emails... then it's been fine.
This is the how-to guide I put together for another school regarding changing a user's username/last name and sync'ing those changes across to Google Apps.
Changing Username / Last Name of Newly Married Users
Meh that's nothing. Personally I've put a moratorium on marriage to prevent this ever becoming an issue here.
I even got the backing of the Head! To quote: "Um, yeah. Good Luck with that"
Get off your vertically challenged horse for a second, and you might be surprised to know that I am - Quote - well liked.
I also happen to be a one man band managing nearly 500 PCs, 1000+ users, servers, switches, 1k other things with a plug attached..... To summarise, I cant go for a wee without someone flagging me down. As such, I try my best to remove pointless crap from my job. Generating new AD accounts, moving files, altering mailboxes etc because someone changes their name falls squarely under pointless crap. Some of us also don't have the luxury of our own exchange servers to create aliases et al. Should we keep their original AD account for when they get divorced for the next academic year ? If you have the time to do this, good for you. You have obviously landed a cushy number.
Jeez, should I be doing this for kids too ? Some of them have 5 different surnames by the time they leave school (I am not joking).
My suggestion is a purely valid one. Altering their surname under their AD account achieves nearly all that the end user wants (Their correct name on the start menu, correct name when they send an email). After all, their username is merely a unique identifier which is commonly set as some combo of their surname et al. They go away happy, I expended minimum of effort.
Just trying pass on some experience and knowledge - take it or leave it. Preferably without being criticised for damning the good name of IT people everywhere
Last edited by vladker; 30th July 2013 at 09:03 PM.
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