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Active Directory User Creation Mode vs. Default SharePoint User Creation Mode

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Active Directory User Creation Mode vs. Default SharePoint User Creation Mode


Hi! I'm Joe with and you're watching Joe Knows Support. Recently I tried to go to the SharePoint Saturday here in St. Louis but I walked into a clairvoyant meeting. They didn't see me coming, but I think they should've. “Order Up!” Oh, thank you. Ah, adding users in SharePoint and on your AD server. There are two ways to do it. First, let's start with SharePoint way.


Okay to do this you going to go to Site Settings. Go to advanced permissions or you can go down here to People and Groups. Once you're here, click on 'New' and 'Add a User'. Once we do that you will see there is a create button, that is for AD account creation mode.

Once I click on that I can put in an email address, and that email address will be what you use for the username later. We'll see the difference between that and a display name in a bit. So I'm going to put that in here, then I'm actually going to put in a name. So I will just put in Eric for now. Just going to type that in and click 'OK'. Now, it's going to show you that it just added that user into this domain. Now, right here you can actually pick what permissions you want them to have. All types of different permissions here. Go ahead and click on 'OK', and know you see the display name over here. But, actually the user name is going to be test119 under that domain. That's how you do it in SharePoint.

All right, and now you've seen how we add a user in SharePoint. Let's go in and see how you do it in an AD server. Al right, now another way to do this, and the more traditional ways to do it, right on the Active Directory Server. So go into your Active Directory. Click on 'Users and Groups'. Once this comes up, you'll see we blocked out the OU's from most of our structure here. Go to the 'Proper OU', and right click on it. Once we're here we're going to go ahead and new, and we're going to go to user. Right here, what we're going to do is put in a first name and a last name, and then we are just going to go ahead and put in a user login name. In this case we are going to use Test119.admin. Then we're going to click on 'Next'. We're going to go ahead and make sure we change password to Never Expire. The reason for that is once this actually expires there is no way for the end user to change. So we want to make sure that they don't go back to the admin to get that changed, this way it is managed easier this way.

We go ahead and do finish, and we are going to actually see that they are added in AD now. So now that we know that they are added in Active Directory on the server, we're actually going to take the properties, and go in and put in an email that corresponds with that count. As we did before, And we're going to click on 'Apply'.

We know it's now sitting on the server. So now, we're going to go back into SharePoint Then we're going to go to Site Actions and then underneath site actions were going to go down to site permission looking in here we're going to go ahead and create permissions. So, we're going to putting that main we had before test119.admin and were going to check name. Come right over here. Check the name to the directory, to find it that's good, now we can actually give them proper permissions or well.

Go ahead and click 'OK'. At that point, you'll see that they show up here. So now they're in SharePoint. Now when you click on it, well actually go away in and if there's anything that it needs to be changed we can do it. So, we can come up here to edit item, and come up over here to email, and actually change it out to something else. When here you can change this email, also keep in mind you actually can't make these changes reflect in SharePoint from the AD server. So, any changes with email or anything to do with this account from here on out, have to be done within SharePoint right here. So you see there that it has changed, and we're all good to go.


And that's how you add them in the AD Server. Now, if you have any questions about any of this feel free to write on the blog, or right on this video post and ask some questions, we're here to help.

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