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10.12. Modifying the Attributes That Are Copied When Duplicating a User

Problem

You want to add an attribute to the list of attributes that are copied when duplicating a user with the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Solution

Tip

For Windows 2000 Active Directory you need to enable schema modifications before proceeding. See Recipe 10.2 for more information.

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Active Directory Schema snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, click on the Attributes folder.

  3. In the right pane, double-click the attribute you want to edit.

  4. Check the box beside Attribute is copied when duplicating a user.

  5. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

You can cause an attribute to get copied when duplicating a user by using the ldifde utility and an LDIF file that contains the following:

dn: cn=rallencorp-LanguagesSpoken,cn=schema,cn=configuration,<ForestRootDN>
changetype: modify
replace: searchFlags
searchFlags: 16
-

If the LDIF file were named add_dup_user_attr.ldf, you would run the following command:

> ldifde -v -i -f add_dup_user_attr.ldf

Using VBScript

' This code adds an attribute to the list of attributes that get
' copied when duplicating a user.
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
' Set to the common name (not LDAP display dame) of the attribute
strAttrName = "<AttrCommonName>" ' e.g. rallencorp-LanguagesSpoken ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- set objRootDSE = GetObject("LDAP://RootDSE") set objAttr = GetObject("LDAP://cn=" & strAttrName & "," & objRootDSE. Get("schemaNamingContext")) ...

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