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Posted on 2011-02-22
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Hello All,
Here is what I have. I have a SBS 2008 box with 12 users that are assigned a different login name than what their name is. For instance, they have accounting1 instead of (first initial last name). I would really like to convert everyone's login name to flastname but I am wondering what the best way to do it in SBS 2008. I know in AD Users and Computers plugin they have a place for user login. Can I just go into AD and change the login name on a SBS box or do I have to create a new account?

Secondly, can a OU have two accounts with the same username?

What is the best way of doing this?
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Question by:fishbowlstudios
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by:resolver1
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Usernames can be changed using the SBS console.  Why do you want a OU to have 2 usernames that are the same?
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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You can simply change the login name using the SBS console. No need (and probably wouldn't recommend) creating new accounts. Permissions issues become nightmarish if you do this.

No, account names must be unique, not just to the OU, but to the entire domain.

-Cliff
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by:fishbowlstudios
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Well, I guess I need to be clear. Can I have two users with different logins with the same name. The issue is, if I have two accounts accounting1 with John Doe as the First Name Last name, and then login JDOE with John Doe as First Name Last Name, will there be any naming conflicts?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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One of your renames will fail. You'll have to go with jdoe and jdoe1 or jdoe and j.doe or somesuch.

-Cliff
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by:fishbowlstudios
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So having two users with the same First Name Last Name but different logins won't matter?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Correct.
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