?
Solved

Renaming user accounts

Posted on 2004-09-15
6
Medium Priority
?
193 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
Hi all, heres what I want to do. I have two user accounts under a windows 2003 domain.
I have user and user1 for example.
I disable the account user and then rename user1 to user.
But when I log on as user it says it is disabled. What the...
Do I have to recreate the accounts?

Thanks in advance.
0
Comment
Question by:tollair
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

by:
mikeleebrla earned 200 total points
ID: 12068467
that is exacly what is supposed to happen based on what you have posted,,, you said you disabled user and then renamed user1 to user.  How can you even have 2 accounts named the same (user),, in this situation you would have 2 accounts named user.  I think you are misunderstanding what renaming an account does.  It does NOT change the SID (secuirty ID) of the account,,, so no matter what you rename the account to,,,, it will still have the SAME SID as it did before. for example. If you have an account named Tom with full administrative rights and then renamed his account to "NoAccess". Regardless of what the username is, this account would still have full access. It is irrelivant that the account name is "NoAccess".  
0
 

Expert Comment

by:qustions02
ID: 12068719
even though u disabled account user, when u renamed user1 to user, in the rename user screen, the logon name will still be user1. if u try to change the logon username to user, u will get an errror saying the username already exists. this is because, there exists a user account called user (though disabled) which has a SID associated with it. so even though u have renamed user1 to user, the logon name associated with with the renamed user account is still user1.
so when u try to login using user, u r trying to login usng the accnt that u disabled and hence get the error.
0
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:mikeleebrla
ID: 12068777
isn't that what i said??
0
 

Expert Comment

by:qustions02
ID: 12074611
yes i agree with u
0

Featured Post

Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

by Batuhan Cetin In this article I will be guiding through the process of removing a failed DC metadata from Active Directory (hereafter, AD) using the ntdsutil tool in a Windows Server 2003 environment. These steps are not necessary in a Win…
Recently, I had the need to build a standalone system to run a point-of-sale system. I’m running this on a low-voltage Atom processor, so I wanted a light-weight operating system, but still needed Windows. I chose to use Microsoft Windows Server 200…
We’ve all felt that sense of false security before—locking down external access to a database or component and feeling like we’ve done all we need to do to secure company data. But that feeling is fleeting. Attacks these days can happen in many w…
Is your data getting by on basic protection measures? In today’s climate of debilitating malware and ransomware—like WannaCry—that may not be enough. You need to establish more than basics, like a recovery plan that protects both data and endpoints.…

864 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question