Rename Multiple Users in Bulk


In this tutorial, you will learn how to rename multiple user accounts in Active Directory using the LastName, FirstName format. To rename an object in Active Directory, you need to modify the Name property of the object. To generate a name based on first name and last name, you need to use value references %firstname% and %lastname%.

Bulk rename is only possible if both First Name and Last Name properties of user accounts are populated.

  1. Launch Adaxes Administration Console.

    Select the user accounts you want to rename, right-click the selection and click Add/Modify Property in the context menu.


    If the user accounts you want to rename are spread across different Organizational Units or domains, you can add them to the Basket first. To add an object to the Basket, right-click it and select Add to Basket in the context menu.
  2. Select the Name property.



    To modify display names, select the Display Name property.


    Click Next.

  3. Type %lastname%, %firstname% in the Property value field.


    If you want the last name to be all uppercase, e.g. SMITH, John, use the following template:

    %lastname:upper%, %firstname%
    To insert a value reference, click the button.

    Click Finish.

During user account creation, the Full Name field is generated in the FirstName LastName format. For instructions on how to change the format, see Change Template for Auto-Generating Full Name.
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