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The native Active Directory does not hold any pre-defined options that will help John create multiple users at a single instance. The only other option that will help him is the usage of PowerShell, scripts and command line tools. But many a time, Active Directory administrators find it difficult to use them as this option is quite tedious and cosumes a lot of time. Also this leaves no room to create department-based templates to be used while creating users accounts later.
Creating multiple user accounts in the Active Directory need not be considered tough provided, you have the right tool with you. ManageEngine ADManager Plus is one such application that is known for its ease of deployment and user friendly interface. This AD management software helps create multiple user accounts in AD within minutes. The application also allows you to create pre-defined templates for each department in your organization. The template can be tailored to suit the specific needs of a particluar department. As an AD administrator, all that you would need to do is simply apply the template and create as many users you want. We shall now learn to create multiple users in AD using ADManager Plus.
Using ADManager Plus, you can create multiple users in AD with the help of pre-defined templates that expedite and simplify the user creation process.
Method 1:Import CSV File
Method 2:AD Users Creator Form
The CSV Import method simplifies the Creation of multiple users in AD. We shall now see how to go about this.
Import a CSV file with the users' details and create user accounts.
Note: You can also apply a template while creating users using a CSV File. In this case your CSV would need to contain only the remaining fields that are not mentioned in the template. However CSV file values take precedence for the attribute values mentioned in both the template and CSV. You can actually use the free download of this tool's trial version to try out all these features in your environment.
Select the template that best suites the users to be created.
You can create one in case you do not have a template for the user specifications.
Select the Add Users option to mention the User specific attributes (Leaving the ones already mentioned in the template.)
Use the Add more option to create more users in a similar fashion.