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How to create an Active Directory Domain user account using Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in

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Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in (DSA.MSC) can be used to Create, modify, administer and delete Active Directory Domain user accounts. Run Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from an Active Directory domain controller using an Administrator account. To  create an Active Directory Domain user account, open Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in (DSA.MSC) by selecting Start > Administrative Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers or entering DSA.MSC in the run dialog box and hit enter.

1) Right click the Organizational Unit (OU) where you want to create the new Active Directory Domain User account, Select New > User from the context menu.

Active Directory Users and Computers new Domain User

2) Fill the details in "New Object - User" dialog box as shown below.

Active Directory Users and Computers New Object User Dialog Box

The details of the fields in this dialog box are as below.

Field

Description

First Name Field
Enter the user's first name in this field.

Initials Field

Enter the user's initials in this field, if it is applicable.

Last Name Field

Enter the user's last name in this field

Full Name Field

Here the user's complete name is entered automatically by Windows 2003 from the previously typed information.

User Logon Name Field

Enter the user’s logon name in this field, based on your naming conventions. The user logon name together with the domain name identifies in the network. The logon name must be unique within the domain.

User Logon Name (Pre-Windows 2000) Field

This field is entered automatically by Windows 2003, based on the information provided before. The entry is the user's unique logon name that is used to log on from Pre-Windows 2000 Operating Systems like Windows NT 4. The characters / \ [ ] : ; | = , + * ? < > @ “are not permitted and will be replaced with an underscore character.

After entering the necessary details, click "Next" to continue.

3) Enter the password for the new user and confirm the password in this screen.

Active Directory Users and Computers new Object User dialog password

Following are the password related options.

Password Options

Description

User Must Change Password At Next Logon check box If you select this check box the user should change his password when he logs on first time. By selecting this check box, we can ensure that the user is the only person who knows his password.

User Cannot Change Password check box

If you select this check box, user cannot change the password. This is useful when many users use the same account.

Password Never Expires check box

If you select this check box, the account password will never expire. This is useful for the user accounts for applications and services.

Account Is Disabled check box

If you select this check box, this user account is disabled and cannot log on to the domain using this user account.

Click "Next" to continue.

4) Click "Finish" in the next screen to create new Active Directory domain user account.

Active Directory Users and Computers new object user dialog finish

5) The new Active Directory Domain user account created is listed inside Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.

New Domain user listed inside Active Directory Users and Computers

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