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Replicate Existing User Account Configuration for New User SBS 3003 R2

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Is there a way to replicate the settings of an existing user account on an SBS 2003 R2 server for a new user account? Or do I need to document the settings of the existing account, then create the new user account with the documnented settings?

If it is possible, Please throw me that bone.

Thanks in advance.

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Not sure about how you would do it using the SBS Wizard, but you can copy a user account in Active Directory Users and Computers

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779681%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

A warning, though ... from my experience, Small Business Server does NOT like when you go under the hood and circumvent the SBS Wizards.
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ecarbone,

Yeah, SBS ties many things behind the scenes for user and computer accounts (AD and Exchange). I checked out your link and at the bottom of the page it stated that different OS versions act different when applying this method.

This situation involves an employee leaving the company and a new employee taking the old employee's position. If I rename the old user to the new, I have to consider whether it is worth the bother. Log in script changes, Exchange mailbox, User folder, SID hacks etc.....

I was hoping that somebody on EE would have an automated (majic wand) solution.

It seems it would be less risky to create the new user from scratch.
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I ended up configuring new accounts. I would try ecarbone's solution on a test environment but not on an SBS server that was in production.
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