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How to create a user account in Windows Server

Active Directory consists of Organizational Units such as User Accounts, Group Accounts and Computer Accounts. User Accounts are known as physical entities (such as people) and security principles. Security identifiers are automatically assigned to these security principles in order to access domain objects. A User account is able to access a domains resources through authentication of its unique username and password. This how-to-guide shows how to create a user account in Windows Server 2008.


Using the Wizard interface:

Click StartAdministrative ToolsActive Directory Users and Computers.


In Active Directory Users and Computers, select the Users folder in the console tree under the relevant domain name (for our example, CloudBT.com).


Select ActionNewUser.


The New Object – User dialog box appears.

Fill in the First name, Last name, initials and User logon name of the person whose user account you are creating. When completing the User logon name, ensure that the correct User Principal Name (UPN) suffix is chosen from the drop-down list. Click Next to continue.

For example, if the employee’s name is Sarah Davies from CloudBT.com the dialog box would be completed as shown below:


On the next page, provide a password for the new user account that meets Windows requirements. You can adjust the user account settings using the checkboxes provided. For our example, we have ticked the checkbox User must change password at next logon. Click Next to continue.


Verify the user account settings are correct on the final page and click Finish to create the account.

The new users account can now be found in the Users folder.


Using Command Prompt:

Click Start – type ‘CMD’. Command Prompt opens. Type the following command:

dsadd user <UserDN > [-samid <SAMName >] –pwd {<Password >|*}



UserDN: specifies the distinguished name of the user object that you are creating.

-SAMName: Security Accounts Manager account name for the user.

Password: specify the password of the new user account. 

For example, if the new user is Mark Lucas:

dsadd user <MarkLucas> [-samid <MarkLucas@CloudBT.com>]-pwd{<P@ssword1>|*}

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