16.2. Creating a Large Number of Users


You want to create a large number of user objects, either for testing purposes or to initially populate Active Directory with your employee, customer, or student user accounts.


The following examples will create 1000 users in the rallencorp.com domain under the Bulk operational unit (OU). The password is set, but no other attributes are configured. You can modify the examples to populate whatever attributes you need. Also remember that if you've enabled password complexity in your domain, you'll need to set a more complex password or the examples will fail.

Using a command-line interface

> for /L %i in (1,1,1000) do dsadd 
user cn=User%i,ou=bulk,dc=rallencorp,dc=com -pwd User%i

Using VBScript

' This code creates a large number of users with incremented user names
' e.g., User1, User2, User3, ....
intNumUsers = 1000         ' Number of users to create
strParentDN = "<ParentDN>" ' e.g., ou=bulk,dc=emea,dc=rallencorp,dc=com ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- ' Taken from ADS_USER_FLAG_ENUM Const ADS_UF_NORMAL_ACCOUNT = 512 set objParent = GetObject("LDAP://" & strParentDN) for i = 1 to intNumUsers strUser = "User" & i Set objUser = objParent.Create("user", "cn=" & strUser) objUser.Put "sAMAccountName", strUser objUser.Put "userAccountControl", ADS_UF_NORMAL_ACCOUNT objUser.SetInfo objUser.SetPassword(strUser) objUser.AccountDisabled=FALSE objUser.SetInfo WScript.Echo "Created " & strUser next WScript.Echo ...

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