How to Create a New Active Directory User Account

This article walks through how to create users in Active Directory using the built-in Active Directory Users and Computers console.

Step 1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers MMC

By default, this tool is located at start -> Windows Administrative Tools

Step 2. Create New User Account

Right-click the folder where you want to create the new user account, select new, and then click user. If you have not created additional organizational units, you can put the new account in the Users folder. In my example, I’m putting the account in the Winadpro Users folder that I have created.

Step 3. Enter User Account Details

Fill out the following details for the user account.

  • First name: This will be the account’s first name
  • Last name: This is the user’s last name
  • Initials: Fill in the user’s middle initials. This is optional but can be used if there are conflicts when creating the user logon name.
  • Full name: This will fill in automatically.
  • User logon name: This is the name used to log into windows domain. You will want to come up with a naming convention for logon names: The two most popular methods I’ve seen are first initial and last name and complete first name and last name.  For an in-depth look at naming conventions see my article Active Directory user naming conventions.

Below is an example of the account details filled out.

Click next.

Step 3: Enter User Password

Enter a new password and enter it again to confirm. It’s recommended to select “User must change password at next logon”. This will force users to change their password the first time they logon.

What you make the password depends on your company’s security policy. I would recommend using at least 8 characters which include a special character, numbers, and upper case letters. I would also check the box “User must change password at next logon”. You want all the accounts to have unique passwords so forcing users to create their own passwords is more secure and best practice.

This completes the steps on how to create a user account in Active Directory. At this point, you may need to open the account and add additional information such as: Address, Profile path, Logon script, office details, and add the user to other Active Directory groups.

If you need to create multiple user accounts at once then check out the bulk user import tool.

The bulk import tool makes it easy to create multiple user accounts at once. You can also set user attributes, create a home folder and add users to groups during the import. Download a free trial and try it out for yourself.

Summary

In this article, I walked through the steps on how to create users in Active Directory. If you just need to create a single user the ADUC console is fast and easy to use. If you need to create multiple users at once then bulk importing the accounts with PowerShell or a 3rd party GUI tool will simplify and, speed up the process.

Recommended Tool: Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory

This FREE tool lets you get instant visibility into user and group permissions and allows you to quickly check user or group permissions for files, network, and folder shares.

You can analyze user permissions based on an individual user or group membership.

This is a Free tool, download your copy here.

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