I created a relatively complex Powershell script to manage creating new user accounts in our environment.
It handles the following:
- Highly configurable with a separate config file to customize to your site
- Creating the user in AD from a .csv file with just a few simple fields
- User settings based on a template account–you can use a template for each department
- User name and login name are automatically generated and guaranteed unique
- Generates a random passphrase from a dictionary of your choice (sample is provided)
- Setting up two network folders for the user — a U: drive and an S: drive in our environment
- Sets up AD variables that I use later for account archiving and setting defaults automatically with Group Policy for Office save locations, Outlook “home page” setting etc.
- Activating for Office 365
- Sending a welcome email message
- Some applications specific to our office:
- Activating proper permissions for Mimecast archiving
- Setting up the account for the Esquire Innovations iCreate template database
- A fair amount of error handling based on a few years of issues we ran into–handles race conditions, improper input in the names, etc.
- Output of the script is saved to a .csv file designed to be imported into KeePass.
- A moderate amount of information is logged by default
This was designed to meet my own needs, but you can feel free to adapt it. I make use of the work of others, I started with a “Hey Scripting Guys” blog post from several years ago and heavily adapated it to make it more robust for our use and adapted the folder creation script as well.Follow me on social media: