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Active Directory initials field too small

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I have a problem with the initials field of active directory accounts. The case:

We have Dutch employees, and dutch names sometimes have insertions in their names. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tussenvoegsel)

For example: "Jan van der Vries". Jan is first name, Vries is surname, and "van der" is the insertion. Due to the E-mail address policy the customer wants for Exchange, I have to put "van der" in a seperate field in AD that can be used by Exchange E-mail address policies. I used the initials field for this.

Problem: The initials field can only contain 6 characters, and "van der" is 7 characters.

Question: What is the risk of editing the AD schema to enlarge the initials field in AD to let's say 12 characters? Is there any serious impact?
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by:Peter Hutchison
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No I would not split the name that way, it would be
First name: Jan
Last name: van der Vries
Initials: <nothing>
Display name: Jan van der Vries
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by:eensolution
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Sorry, but I can't put it all in 1 field.

E-mail address policy:

j.van.der.vries@domaina.com
j.vander.vries@domainb.com

So, in one address it should just remove the spaces, in the other one it should replace the spaces for dots. To do this I need 2 separate fields, otherwise I would get j.vandervries@domainb.com.

So, what is the impact if I use adsiedit to enlarge the Initials attribute in AD to more characters?
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Changed the schema. Works fine. Initials longer than 6 chars can be set with dsmod -user command.
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