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    Getting married and changing user names...

    Hi all,

    A few of the female staff have got hitched recently or will be over the holidays and now are requesting that their log on/user name be changed.

    This may be a really stupid question, but I have never had to do it before and I thought I would ask here for clarification before I try anything out.

    Can you just go in and overtype the user name or is it a whole new profile job?

    Kol.

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    Right click the username in AD then rename. You will have to change the home folder and any roaming profile directory manually.

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    Make sure you alias their old email address with their new account name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Right click the username in AD then rename. You will have to change the home folder and any roaming profile directory manually.
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    [CENSORED] RM! So, I CAN do this in AD proper... But their AD-skin, management dooblydoo can't. Why the bejeezus did we get it then?!

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    I've done this, all you have to do is update the first last and display name. leave the username alone and the folder redirects alone. Then if they are really annoying create an additional email alias.

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    i find it easier to just create a new user and copy their data accross

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    i find it easier to just create a new user and copy their data accross
    If your AD account is linked into other services it wont be. We have our AD linked it a number of services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Right click the username in AD then rename. You will have to change the home folder and any roaming profile directory manually.
    Cool, thank you! I was hoping it would essentialy be something like this.

    So, as far as AD is concerned it's still the 'same' account? Is changing the home folder name optional though as long as the profile still points to the correct folder, as it's only the name of the folder that's wrong?

    Also, although we use home folders and shared drives, we do not use redirected My Documents or mandatory profiles for teachers, so no worries there (and AD is not linked to Exchange or anything else I know of). However, staff still insist on using the C:\ drive, My Documents or the Desktop on their laptop. With the 'right-click - rename' option, they will still be logging into the 'same' account on their laptop or not?

    Kol.
    Last edited by Koldov; 22nd July 2013 at 10:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koldov View Post

    So, as far as AD is concerned it's still the 'same' account? Is changing the home folder name optional though as long as the profile still points to the correct folder, as it's only the name of the folder that's wrong?
    Yes, I change usernames, but not the folder names. They don't really see them, other then in My Computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattianuk View Post
    Yes, I change usernames, but not the folder names. They don't really see them, other then in My Computer.
    Could cause issues later down the line for admins.

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    Thats what the description field is useful for

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    I know its not a big job but this is a pain. A few times we've had new staff join, so I create a login, then in September they start and it turns out they got married over the summer and didn't bother to inform anyone their name would be different when they started the job! Also had one who got married, asked for it to be changed, then decided she would prefer to use her maiden name so wanted it changed back again

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattianuk View Post
    Thats what the description field is useful for
    If you do a script to repair permissions for example you will have issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Could cause issues later down the line for admins.
    Yes, I thought about that as I typed my question and was looking for the users folder on the server. However, I am the only person who has access to any of this stuff and will be for a long time I hope (a bit anti-best practise though I know).

    Not sure if you would always be looking at the AD description field whilst browsing for the user's folder? I have no issue creating another folder and copying the contents across to the new one, they never seem to save anything in them anyway, it's always on the local machine somewhere... This will mean assigning permissions etc. again?

    Which brings me to my other question... When they log back in to their laptop with their new AD username, will they still get the 'same' account - same desktop, documents and everything as before?

    Kol.
    Last edited by Koldov; 22nd July 2013 at 12:28 PM.

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    I would just refuse to do this.

    I alter their last name under their ad account, so that their correct name appears on lock screen / email. End of the day, their account is just an identifier. They are lucky that we are kind enough to set it to such an easy convention (e.g first 6 letters of surname plus first initial). You could be a nasty bastard and make them have something like C1094567b as their username....

    Tell them that they will loose all of their emails, and that they will have to inform everyone of their new address. That will shut them up

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