Adding a batch list of users to a Windows server

by on Jul.08, 2008, under Windows Info

ADDUSERS – Automate the creation of a large number of users

SyntaxCreate Users:
AddUsers /c filename [/s:x] [/?] Domain Password_options
Dump to file:
AddUsers /d{:u} filename [/s:x] [/?] Domain Password_options
Erase Users:
AddUsers /e filename [/s:x] [/?] Domain Password_options

Filename – The comma-delimited file that AddUsers uses for data.
/s:x – Change the delimiter character used in filename to x.
e.g. /s:~ would make the delimiter “~”

Domain – Query the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) of domain.
You can also use Servername to specify the machine where user accounts are created or read.
AddUsers will use the local computer by default (if you do not specify Domain)
/c – Create user accounts, local groups, and global groups as specified by filename.
/d{:u} – Dump user accounts, local groups, and global groups to filename.
The (:u) is an optional switch that causes current accounts to be written to the specified file in Unicode text format.
Choosing to dump current user accounts does not save the account’s passwords or any security information for the accounts.
Note: Password information is not saved in a user account dump and if you use the same file to create accounts, all passwords of newly created accounts will be empty. To back up security information for accounts, use a Tape Backup.

/e – Erase the user accounts specified in the file name.
CAUTION: Be careful when erasing user accounts, as it is not possible to recreate an account with the same SID. This option will not erase built-in accounts.

/p: – Set account creation options, used along with any combination of the following:
* l – Users do not have to change passwords at next logon.
* c – Users cannot change passwords.
* e – Passwords never expire. (implies l option)
* d – Accounts disabled.
By default, all created users are required to change their password at logon.
Create a comma-delimited text file, which contains the new users to be created. Following the Syntax as follows:

User Name,Full name, Password, Description, HomeDrive, Homepath, Profile, Script


jimmye,James Edward Phillip II,,,,,,
alexd,Alex Denuur,,,E:,E:usersalexd,,
ronj,Ron Jarook,ChangeThis,,E:,E:usersronj,,
sarahs,Sarah Smith,,,,,,
u0123,Mike Olarte,,,,,,

Save the file as C:Users.txt and execute the command

AddUsers MyDomain /c c:Users.txt /p:e


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