Bulk accont & mailbox creation

Posted on 2010-11-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-10

I need to find the fastest AND easiest way to create about 30 Active Directory accounts with associated mailboxes on a Win Server 2008 server running Exch2007 SP1. Furthermore, I need to also create separate e-mail contacts which will point to my client contractors’ external  (SMTP) mailboxes; these users are all located at Gov't sites and also have a .gov e-mail address, in addition to these internal addresses I need to create. To be clear, I assume this will be a separate import process (#1 – create new internal user mailboxes for all 30 users….#2 – create SMTP mail contact in Exchange for the same 30 users)
Could the respondent to my query give me clear instructions on how to do this? Please do not point me to other sites that claim to know how to do it, since I am pretty technical, have followed the leads I have found already, but I keep getting error messages in the Exch Mgmnt Shell when I try to import the CSV file I created based on instructions I found. So, rather than trying to fix what's not working, can you please send me a fully functional CSV file (or paste headers here) AND the proper ExShell syntax for BOTH of these tasks? It's ok if all accounts have the exact same password, though I want to make sure they these newly created accounts are NOT flagged with a “User must change password at next logon” - we have actually found that creating accounts this way does NOT allow OWA users to even log in the first time, since this is the only way that remote users access their internal mailbox from afar using OWA.

Can you help with working CSV headers (and an example row) to do both of these imports into the Ex (power) shell?

Thanks in advance.
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ID: 34231272
To create bulk mailbox:

CSV format:

Name      Fistname      Lastname      Alias      Account      Database      Org      Primary      Company

To create bulk contacts:
Import-Csv "C:\new user.csv" | foreach { New-Mailbox -Name $_.Name -FirstName $_.firstname -LastName $_.lastname -Alias $_.alias -SamAccountName $_.sameaccount -Initials $_.initial -Database $_.database -OrganizationalUnit $ -UserPrincipalName $_.primaryaddress -Password $temp -ResetPasswordOnNextLogon:$false }

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Import-Csv c:\ste.csv | foreach { New-MailContact -FirstName $_.firtname -LastName $_.lastname -Name $_.Name -Alias $_.alias -ExternalEmailAddress $_.mail -OrganizationalUnit $_.OU }

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ID: 34235695
I also need to specify the OU to which the new user(s) belong when creating the AD account and mailbox via the PowerShell script. How does this change the script and the CSV headers? Can you give an example of the headers in line 2 of the CSV?
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Import-Csv "C:\new user.csv" | foreach { New-Mailbox -Name $_.Name -FirstName $_.firstname -LastName $_.lastname -Alias $_.alias -SamAccountName $_.sameaccount -Initials $_.initial -Database $_.database -OrganizationalUnit $ -UserPrincipalName $_.primaryaddress -Password $temp -ResetPasswordOnNextLogon:$false

This script include Organizational Unit.

Here is what CSV look like..
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Author Comment

ID: 34238313
Thank you Suriya....what does the "org" classification do? How is "org" different from adding them to the correct "OU" during import?
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The "org" is just excel header name. You can put another name. Let say that, you want to put 2 new user to different OU, in org column, you have specigy the path for that OUs. please refer to excel sheet.


Name	Fistname	Lastname	Alias	Account	Database	Org	Primary	Company
Suriya	Suriya	Eh Nop	suriya	Suriya	Server01\SG3\DB3 OU/marketing	
User 01	User	1	user01	user01	Server01\SG3\DB3 OU/sales

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ID: 34247403
Thank you....what would be the proper syntax (in the PS script, as well as the import file) to add a user to a distribution list during the mailbox creation process?
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