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Chapter 8. Active Directory Scripting In... > Managing the User Directory

Managing the User Directory

One common task that network administrators face is the maintenance of user accounts. A new employee needs a computer account immediately in order to contribute, while the account of a former employee must be disabled instantly as a security measure. As employees' responsibilities change, so do their requirements for access to various secured network resources. In a large organization, with people being hired, fired, retired, released, relocated, and reassigned every day, keeping user accounts in sync is quite a task, and it simply isn't feasible to spend several minutes clicking through dialog boxes to make every change.

As you've guessed by now, the solution for this complex puzzle is scripting. Active Directory Scripting Interface (ADSI) objects give you scriptable access to almost all aspects of the Windows user account and security infrastructure. You can script additions, deletions, and changes to user accounts, passwords, logon preferences, and so on, as well as manage network resources such as shared folders and printers.


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