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Creating Account Templates

Creating Account Templates

From Windows NT in a Nutshell by Eric Pearce, O'Reilly and Associates, 1997

If you created several accounts with common attributes, such as group membership, password policies, and other account-specific information, you can speed up this process by using a template account, following these steps:

  • 1. Create a template account with a username such as Template User and set all of the attributes that are common to the series of accounts that you are about to create.
  • 2. Check the Account Disabled box so no one can actually use the template account to gain access to the system.
  • 3. Put the template user in the appropriate groups.
  • 4. Close the Add User window and select the template account you just created.
  • 5. Select the User-Copy menu item. A new Add-User window appears with the title Copy of Template User.
  • 6. Change just the fields that are specific to the first real user that you want to create, such as Username, Full Name, and Description.
  • 7. Click Add and a new copy of the template appears. You can create as many accounts as you wish with the same attributes by using this method.

A template for each group of accounts can greatly speed up account administration. For example, if a new person joins the marketing department, it is a lot easier to create the account by copying the existing marketing user template than trying to remember what groups they should be in. You will still have to individually enter user-specific information such as Username, Full Name, and Description for each user.

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