Student Naming Convention
I read the previous discussions regarding AD design and naming conventions (ended in 2006), but I am still looking for the ultimate naming convention for students:
Year Group-Initial + first 4 characters of last name
eg Peter Black in Year 7 will be: Y7-PBlac
The problem (and blessing in disguise) with this approach is that we recreate ALL 1500 students every year. The blessing is that we delete all students accounts and their home directories (mp3, jpg files ) every year.
Another plus for this naming convention, is that all student home directories are listed together, and makes it easy for the Teachers to get to the correct student home directories.
Creating the new accounts is also no problem: We export all student names from SIMS to csv - using UserCommander (from SystemTools), create all account including home directories in a few minutes.
The only serious flaw here is the private share of the student Home Directories. This is a manual process after the creation of the student accounts for 1500 students!
A few limitations because we are an international school:
1. We do not have full intakes from feeder schools - we have constant flow of students, in and out, as their parents start work in the country and leave after contract completion. So year of intake does not really make sense.
2. Having Arabic names converted to English makes for some interesting spelling differences within one family. Three siblings in one family could have their last names (in their passports) spelled differently.
3. We only give personal user accounts from Year 3 and up - Lower primary students have a Registration Group (Class) account.
That should be enough info to bore everybody to death!
Any bright ideas on a better naming scheme or how to automate the private share creation??