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How to create Custom Naming Format in AD based on Your Organization?

Objective: To create a customized naming format for the various naming attributes of Active Directory (AD) objects or accounts.

Solution: ADManager Plus offers a Custom Naming Format builder which allows you to create as many personalized naming formats as needed, as per your organization's needs. ADManager Plus offers two naming formats:
- Regular custom naming format
- Advanced naming format. Handle specific conditions like: when the first name is empty, when the middle name starts with X character, etc. using the advanced naming formats.

Steps to create a normal or regular custom naming format using ADManager Plus

  1. Click the Admin tab.
  2. Under Custom Settings, click Naming Formats.
  3. In the Customize Naming Formats page, click the Add New Format button.
  4. Enter an appropriate name for this naming format.
  5. In Select Data,
    • Choose the desired attribute or field from the list in the first drop down box.
    • Choose the number of characters to be used by choosing an option from All, First and Last.
    • Select a case, given case, upper case or lower case, in which the characters must be displayed.
    • Click Add.
  6. Click the Show Advanced option to user additional options like Limit the resultant format value's length to N characters, remove umlaut characters, etc.

Steps to create an advanced naming format in ADManager Plus

  1. Click the Admin tab.
  2. Under Custom Settings, click Naming Formats.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom half of the page to see the list of available naming formats.
  4. Click the Add Advanced Format button.
  5. Enter a suitable name for this Advanced Naming Format.
  6. Select a default naming format from the list of formats.
  7. Click the Add Condition button.
  8. In the Condition window that pops up,
    • As per your need select Match all the following or Match any of the following.
    • Select the desired field. For example, select FirstName.
    • Select the condition. For example, Starts with, and specify the starting character, say S for example.
    • Add as many conditions as needed.
    • Select the format that you wish to apply, if the conditions are met.
    • Click OK.
  9. Click Save.

By creating and using customized naming formats, it will be easy to avoid duplicate names in Active Directory.


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