How to Create User Accounts Efficiently in Active Directory

For years, it has perplexed me how inefficient it is to use Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) to create users. Forcing me to first create a user based on the “mandatory schema attributes,” so I can then configure the “optional schema attributes” is not efficient. You all know what I am talking about, right? If not, let me remind you.

When using ADUC to create a user, you are asked for the basic information regarding the user:

  • First Name, Last Name, Initials
  • Full Name
  • User logon name
  • Pre-Windows 2000 user logon name
  • Password (with confirmation of password)
  • Options to control some password features


Provide the necessary information, and the user is created! However, what about all of the other properties of the user account that you know must be configured? These are only available after you first create the user, configuring the “mandatory schema attributes”, which are in the bullet list above.

This process is very inefficient, although we have all gotten used to it by now. Well, instead of getting used to something that is inefficient, why not use a solution that is very efficient!? I am suggesting that you download and take a look at ADManager Plus by ManageEngine. This tool allows you to configure all of the key properties of the user account during creation, instead forcing you to perform multiple steps in the creation process.

When using ADManager Plus to create users, you can configure all of the information in one step:

  • User profile information, including
    • First name, Last name, Initials
    • Logon Name
    • Display Name
    • Employee ID
    • Office information
    • Logon script
    • User profile path
    • Delegations
    • Group memberships
    • Account expirations
    • Telephones, Address, Organization info
    • Exchange Server details
    • Terminal Server details
    • Custom Attributes






Now that is an efficient way to create a user!

Don’t forget when using ADUC, you must also choose up front where you want to locate the user account. You can also move the user account after creation. But there is no option to place the user account during creation.

When you create a user account with ADManager Plus, you can locate the user wherever you want during the creation process. You might have missed it in the creation process, but I will highlight it here for you:

No longer must you take so many steps and move the user accounts around after you create them. Now, you can just create users with a simple creation tool, ADManager Plus!

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