Renaming user accounts

Posted on 2004-09-15
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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.
Question by:tollair
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mikeleebrla earned 200 total points
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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".  

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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.
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isn't that what i said??

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yes i agree with u

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