Add AD user accounts to the SBS Console

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When you create AD user accounts through Active Directory Users and Computers, they don’t appear in the SBS Console. And therefore it is not possible to manage them from the Console.

Run this VB script to add user accounts to the SBS console. Be sure to define the OU location for your users before running the script.

The script don’t add disabled accounts.

Thanks to Jakob for providing me the code samples.

By | 2011-01-27T13:52:01+00:00 January 27th, 2011|Scripting & Development|5 Comments

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  1. Søren April 30, 2011 at 23:10 - Reply

    Tak meget interessant!

  2. Tim Miller Dyck November 2, 2011 at 17:18 - Reply

    Hi, thanks for posting this Brian!

    There are a few other steps I needed to do afterwards to repair the user account so that it behaved like a normal SBS user account. This is with SBS 2011 Standard. The problem is the user (when created in Active Directory Users and Computers) has no e-mail account and cannot access SharePoint or other SBS resources as they are not in the right security groups.

    Create the user’s standard user shared directory

    mkdir D:UsersShares(username)
    Set NTFS permissions to give the user full control over this folder, subfolder and files. They don’t need to be the folder owner.

    Assign the desired SBS role to the user

    Start the SBS Console. Highlight any user.
    * User Tasks > “Change user role for user accounts”
    * The “Change a User Role” wizard will start.
    * Change a User Role
    * Select new user role
    * Role Name: “Standard User”
    * Replace user permissions or settings: Enable
    * Next
    * Select user accounts
    * select the user that has “This user role no longer exists” > Add
    * Change user role
    * User role has been changed successfully
    * Finish

    This will create the user’s e-mail account and place the in the standard SBS security groups.

    -Tim Miller Dyck

  3. louis December 14, 2011 at 20:54 - Reply

    for sbs2011

    open windows small business server 2011 stadard console
    users and groups
    under users, run “change user role for user account” on the right hand side
    run the wizzard, its pritty straight forward
    under select user accounts be sure to check the check box bottom left
    “display all user accounts in active directory”

    I missed the checkbox and it took me hours to figure out.

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  5. Cedric July 12, 2013 at 9:01 - Reply

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