Can I change a users login name in an AD domain without breaking it?

Posted on 2011-10-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a user who is very unhappy about having their name misspelled in their username.

Can I simply edit the username inside AD and all will be well?

We are DFS re-directing the users documents folder, and I am a bit worried if it will work after the username change.
Question by:somewhereinafrica
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    You should be ok, if you are using the %usename% variable lookout for that (folder name doesn't change).   See this question I was a part of

    Changing it is fairly common (when people get married for example)


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    You can change the Name in AD without an issue. The workstation will still retain the old local domain profile on the PC. O

    Author Comment

    Does 3 party applications like Kaspersky Antivirus (server based), Spiceworks, etc. retain the correct values, or will that user just be a new user?

    (I know this is program specific, but in general with big name software, do they tend to do this the smart way, or the way that will screw everything up for me)
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    Expert Comment

    by:Mike Kline
    They should be ok, you should create a test account and then login and rename it just to make sure though.



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