Welcome to the Administer User and Group Accounts Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Create User and Group Accounts

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Create domain user account
  • Add user to domain security group
  • Create user home folders
  • Create template user accounts for users with common properties
  • Run tools for querying Active Directory users
  • Use tools for managing Active Directory users in bulk

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand accounts and groups - Domain accounts, local accounts

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Create User and Group Accounts

The Active Directory Administrator is responsible for managing all aspects of the domain that includes the users, groups and computers accounts in the domain. Creating, modifying, and deleting objects are some of the common tasks that the administrator in a typical domain network. The AD object management can be either done through Active Directory Users and Computers or through a number of tools, which allow the administrator to automate the administration.

Windows Server 2016 like the earlier versions includes a number of tools that you, as an administrator, can use to manage the AD object accounts. Depending on the requirements, you can use specific tools. For example, you may need to import a number of users to the Active Directory. While you can do this, but all tools may not be appropriate for importing the existing user accounts.

Some of the key tools that you, as the administrator, can use are:

  • Dsadd allows you to create bulk AD objects using batch files.
  • Comma-Separated Value Directory Exchange (CSVDE): allows you to create new AD objects using a comma-separated value (.csv) file.
  • LDAP Data Interchange Format Data Exchange (LDIFDE): allows you to import information and use it to add, delete, or modify AD objects. Using this tool, you can also modify the Active Directory schema.
  • Windows PowerShell allows you to create AD objects creation scripts.

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