Active Directory setup part 2

Create A User Account

This is part 2 of my Active Directory setup tutorial, you should of at this point installed Active Directory Domain Services. If not you need to go back to here and start from the beggining. We will now create a user account, at this point we are not going to be to concerned about groups & permissions we will cover that later.

Step 1

Click on "Start" "Administrative tools" "Active Directory Users and Computers" like I have done in the screen print below.

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When you left click on "Active Directory Users and Computers" you will see the next screen like mine below.

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You need to look for the name of your domain (as you can see I called this one mastersworldofcomputing.ocal) Now click on the little plus + symbol next to the name of your domain like I have done below. This will show all the folders, we are interested in the one that says "Users"

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Now double left click on the "Users" folder and look in the pane to the right of it. You will see it will list all users like in my screen print below.

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Now we can create a user from here so look at the screen print below and see how I did it. I clicked on "Action" tab at the top of the screen scrolled down to "New" then scrolled across to "User" and left clicked on it.

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Now you have clicked on "User" a window will open like mine below, where you have the option to put in some details about the new Active Directory user account you want to create. You can enter what ever details ou want here for this tutorial.

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I will show you the same window below as above with the details I have added for my user account. Once you have added your details click "Next"

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You should now see the same window I have got in my screen print below which is telling you to type in a password. Remember with passwords it is better to stay away from names that make any sense to you or anybody else. Once you have typed in your password click "Next"

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You will now get this screen print telling you that you are about to create an object (user account) just click on "Finish"

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If when you click finish you get the following error message like in my screen print it means the password you have chosen is not good enough just click the back button and create a new one. (for creating good passwords read here)

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If you was successful you will be taken back to this window like below, you will notice the user account we just created is now listed in the right hand pane. The user account I created is at the bottom of the list because the name's are listed in alphabetical order.

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We have now completed this part of the tutorial the next stage of this active directory users tutorial will be about creating a user profile location. This will be required if you want a Roaming profile which is something a lot of people want so there data can be stored on the server. Click the link below to move on to step 3

Create a profile

Install Active Directory Domain Controller

Create Active Directory user account