To change a large number of accounts, one must use command line utilities, many
of which are available in the NT Server Resource Kit or you can use a scripting
language such as PERL which has access to NTs API set. NTs User Manager for Domains GUI interface does provide a method
for changing the attributes of a set of users in one stroke.
- Click on the first account you need to change.
- Holding down the CNTL key, click on the other
accounts you need to change in the same way.
- Click on the User Properties menu option.
- Make the account property change(s) and click OK.
User Properties dialog box and updates the properties for all the accounts
selected. This is much better than making the change account by account by
account … If you need to make different changes for a couple of hundred
different groupings of accounts, ouch! Then you need tools which can be
programmed or scripted.
I use Perl, nt command line tools, awk, sed, and many other unix-ported-to-nt
utilites (artifact of my past as a unix administrator). I am studying the new
scripting built into win2000 and available for download for NT4. If you have
power in the scripting host is the ability to use any or all of the scripting
languages. See my Scripting text
recommendations for starting points.