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Create new user with same permissions as another user in Server 2003

Hi all,

We have a network with 10 users on it and each user has a pretty unique set of user permissions to various directories on the server and also to various people's mailboxes and calendars.  The user with the most diverse and complex set of permissions has left the company and is being replaced by a new user who needs exactly the same permissions.  I can't rename the old user as we need to keep her email address open for a while so need to create an identical user.

Is there a way of creating a new user that will automatically inherit all the access rights, permissions and mailbox permissions of the old user?


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In a very very small answer, no there isn't.. But this heavily depends on how you set up your security. If you used groups then yes you can just place this user in the same groups the old user was. This way He or she will receive the exact same permissions (which is a best practice stated by Microsoft, exactly because of the issue you're stating out right now.).

The other option you have is simply rename the account and add a second e-mail address to this account. This way the new user will have his or her own username and will still receive e-mails send to the user that has left the company.. This can be done by using the AD Users & Computers going to the e-mail tab and add a new SMTP address...
amlydiateAuthor Commented:
Excellent many thanks for that!
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