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Bulk change of users Logon name in win 2003 / 2008 mixed servers, exch 2003

Posted on 2011-02-17
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Due to a change to the naming policy, I need to rename around 1500 user
accounts in active directory (Windows Server 2003 &win2008r2 , mixed Mode)

The user logon name (on the Account tab) is currently 1st initial Last name.  
It needs to be changed to the employee #.

I can live with a text file that has all the user details (CSV?) because
this is a one time job and I rather be safe then sorry and I think I'd
rather not let the script run fully automatically.

Any ideas on how to do a bulk rename of user account - logon name in active directory
through batch/script?

I can export.. and via excel replace name with employee #... through a macro.  but i am very hesitant to import it back in.. for fear of trashing AD.

on a simillar note..  I notice when I do a manual change of the  user logon name (on the account Tab) in AD.  it messes up all the shared folders & resources that the user had access to... and also the My docs folder that they had attached...   now it is all fixable.. but with  1500 users this will be a chore.

so is there a way to automate this so when a change is made .. all the permission are fixed also.

Thanks

jim
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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try AD Manager Plus for FREE for 30 days, it will do it. (script free)

http://www.manageengine.com/products/ad-manager/download.html?features

it has a run through facility as well, before it does it, so you can preview changes.
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I have seen Exchange/Outlook problems after doing this,...and I think Blackberry Sync issues too.  The last time a female user got married and her name changed it gave me a disaster.  I had to leave the username the way it was and just change  the Display Name and the Email Address spelling.

So you may be headed down a long dark scarry road.
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not looking for a comercial solution
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