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Change a user's name on a windows network

we are running a domain network on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010.  I just had two users ask me to change their account (both network and email) names; they both have gotten married.

What is the best way to do this?  I don't think you can just go in and change the name.

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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Change Username:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772952(WS.10).aspx
If you have exchange you will have to change their mailbox and alias also
AdrienneSperberTech Support CoordinatorCommented:
Add a second SMTP address with their new last name and set to primary, then update their name in Active Directory.  This way they will continue to get mail sent to their old address in the same mailbox.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
1.  You can rename objects in AD but userprofile directory on PCs will not change
2.  In Exchange ensure to change alias name and display name
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Pramod UbheCommented:
Open ADUC and find target user, right click on it and rename (This has more options than renaming through account properties).
 After that go to account properties and change the name wherever required, like if there is any additional field left.
On exchange add a new smtp address and make it primary, deleting old one is an optional but it is recommended to keep for few days. Change the alias as well.
tmckinney01Author Commented:
Thank you, all great suggestions.  One thing I am not clear on; once I do the "Rename" in AD, does that change anything in the users Exchange profile?  For example, if I change user "Sally Smith" to "Sally Jones" in AD, will her Exchange mailbox still be linked to that user account, and still get mail sent to "Sally Smith"?
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Yes but her alias on the mailbox will still be Sally Smith.  Once you update the alias you will want to make sure Sally Smith is also in there too so that way the user can make the transition over and still recieve emails from their old alias
tmckinney01Author Commented:
All the responses were very good in helping me to understand the entire process.
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