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.
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!
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. :)
We use year of entry, forename, first letter of surname
In the year we had both Alex Richards and Alex Rhodes, we ended up with 2 letters of surname.
12 alexri and 12alexrh
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.
Our students have numbers. Each year group has its wont prefix. That way if a student name changes the username doesn't
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!
2 digit year of entry - initials - number.
Joe Bloggs - 12JB01
John Bloggs - 12JB02
Year of birth, first name, surname initial, optional number, my script does it all for me. 99JoeB, 99JoeB1
Year, Surname, Initial e.g. 12SmithJ
Duplicates get a 2 on the end automatically as setup during bulk process.
No duplicates for me since setting that up.
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.
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...
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
Originally Posted by unixman_again
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+