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User created in Active Directory with aporstraphe in alias ,  User logon name and email address

Posted on 2016-09-21
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Last Modified: 2016-09-22
I have taken over a site and one of the users has been setup with an account with an apostrophe in their username ie: xy'name.  The apostrophe has been carried through from their user logon name, their alias and the email address.

They were not getting email addresses because people were mistyping the email address so I have given second email address without the apostrophe and made that the primary address.

I am wondering what are the implications of removing the apostrophe from the alias and user logon?

Environment is Exchange 2010 and Server 2008R2  Domain and forest functional level still at 2003
Question by:purbrick
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by:Erik Bjers
ID: 41810237
If you rename the account using ADUC (remove the ') all ACLs, groups and anything else the user is in will update automatically.  

If the user name changes you will just need to let the user know.

There should be no problem doing this, we rename accounts all the time.

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ID: 41810240
OK thanks heaps that is good to know.

This will give them a new login name as well - that would affect their local profile on their PC - there is no roaming profiles.
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Erik Bjers earned 2000 total points
ID: 41810241
The local profile is tied to the account independent of the user name (users the SID) so changing the username will not affect the user's access to their local profile.
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Author Comment

ID: 41810243
Well I did not know that.

This is great to know, now I can get rid of the pesky apostrophe.

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by:Erik Bjers
ID: 41810245
Just rename the account in ADUC, edit any other attributes there as well

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