DirectoryEntry how to make a copy of a user account?

Posted on 2015-02-10
Last Modified: 2015-02-24
Hi, I'm using VS2012.

It turns out the DirectoryEntry.Copy method isn't implemented for LDAP, majority of network out there I think.

I googled trying to find code already written out there for this but didn't find any.  Appreciated it if you know where it is and provide links to it.  

If i were to write my own CopyTo mehtod, please provide guideline.  I can create a user where I want it.  Now, do I loop though all properties of the other user account (except for samaccount, upn and parentid, and what else?0 properties and copy them?  

Thank you.
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by:Najam Uddin
ID: 40603656
Raw code, not executed

Are you looking for some thing like this? I am unable to understand the exact problem you are facing

public static class Extension
	public static DirectoryEntry CreateUserAccount(this DirectoryEntry Source, DirectoryEntry Target)
			for(var index = 0; index < Source.Properties.Count; index++)
				Target.Properties[index].Value = Source.Properties[index].Value;
		catch (System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryServicesCOMException E)
		return oGUID;

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in for loop you can skip what all properties you don't want to copy.

Author Comment

ID: 40603855  
Here is the copyTo method I was referring to, sorry forgot to provide the link.  This is not implemented in ldap.

So, I need to create my own method doing the same thing.  I was hoping to find it already done of example but no luck searching for an example.  So, creating a user is simple.  However, I need to use another user account as a template.  I need to make sure new ad user account has the same group membership and permission(Under security tab in ADUC).
Thank you.
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Najam Uddin earned 500 total points
ID: 40603914
The code I gave, it takes 2 DirectoryEntry objects and copiex properties of one in another (name of function was wrong in my code)
Are you looking for something else?

Author Comment

ID: 40604159
Have you tried that?  Does that code work?  Is that copying all the attributes from one user object to another?
Thank you.  
Do you know how I can set the properties in the Security Tab in User properties in ADUC?  i need to mimic the same security setting as the template user account.  Or is this part of the properties copying?
Thank you.

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ID: 40628953
I just code it such that I copy each property that I want to copy.  Thanks

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