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    Creating new users?

    What do people use to create new users in active directory?

    I have been using a product called interjigsaw for many years but the license is coming to an end.

    I would like something that can create the user, password, description, home folder, permissions and if possible an exchange account as well.

    How do you do it?

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    i use an excel sheet give it first name last name year of entry for each user and server name /domain name overall and it generates code that i can copy and paste into a batch file to create users, create shares and set permissions

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    I've just written a powershell script that does all of that. All we need to do is tell it if they are a student/nonteaching/teaching and their first and last name (and year if a student). it then creates a user in AD, adds them to the necessary AD Groups, makes their home folder and sets permissions. It also creates a exchange mailbox for staff.

    Took me ages to do and typically we've hardly had anyone start since!

    This is for individual users but can easily be edited to use a csv containing just that info to bulk create users.

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    XIA Automation Server - CENTREL Solutions

    Excellent product, flexible and really good support too.

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    We use a piece of software called Salamander, really simple as it creates users from when they are created in Sims.net (or other MIS). does all the things that you have specified.

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    Any free/opensource ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmdixon View Post
    I've just written a powershell script that does all of that. All we need to do is tell it if they are a student/nonteaching/teaching and their first and last name (and year if a student). it then creates a user in AD, adds them to the necessary AD Groups, makes their home folder and sets permissions. It also creates a exchange mailbox for staff.

    Took me ages to do and typically we've hardly had anyone start since!

    This is for individual users but can easily be edited to use a csv containing just that info to bulk create users.
    Can you post the script please?

    I think power shell is probably the way I'm going to go with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Can you post the script please?

    I think power shell is probably the way I'm going to go with this.
    I can, but at the moment it is very specific to this school. I'll see if i can get it a bit more generic/easier to understand.

    How are your usernames set up? This is one of the things that i expect will vary quite a lot between schools so won't be able to get the script working out of the box for everyone....

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    For free, I've used AccountManagement, which is a macro enabled Excel spreadsheet which integrates with AD. You set all the options on one page, select Groups etc, then just paste in your users from a csv, SIMS export etc. It creates the user areas unlike some I've used too. It has been superb - I had to use NTFSFix afterwards to set ownership of the new folders to the students, but this is simple too, and only really neessary if you use quotas.

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    XIA Automation Server - CENTREL Solutions

    Excellent product, flexible and really good support too.

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    +1 for this excellent product.


    It should also be noted that user creation is only a very small part of what this product can do, and it is cheap.


    I have no affiliation with the product - I'm singing its praises because I use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmdixon View Post
    I can, but at the moment it is very specific to this school. I'll see if i can get it a bit more generic/easier to understand.

    How are your usernames set up? This is one of the things that i expect will vary quite a lot between schools so won't be able to get the script working out of the box for everyone....
    I wasn't really expecting it to work out of the box, just interested in the way you do it.

    Our groups are setup like this

    Code:
    - StudentOU
                     - SchoolName
                                      - Users
                                                - Students2008
                                                - Students2009
                                                - Students2010

    I've been following this guide but need to modify it for exchange 2003
    Last edited by zag; 8th July 2010 at 03:30 PM.

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    Active User Manager - Free and works great...

    Dont know which OS you have - it states that it works on Win2k and Win2k3

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