So last time we combined Snapins to give us a Powershell that was Pumped up.   Combining multiple management functions from different applications in to Quest ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory.

And now you get to see why.

What I wanted to get done was a nice simple script in Powershell that would not only create a user (or users), but do it consistently.   I wanted to just type in a First and Last Name, let the script run and Generate the Account in A/D, The Email address, most of the basics, create the User in OCS.

I wanted a One Shot deal

And hear it is.

Granted.  The syntax of this script is VERY simplistic.  There’s a reason for that.   I want ANYBODY to pick up this script and be able to take it, improve it, learn from it.

What is does is simple, Asks for a First and Last name as well as a password.

Using the new Shell environment combining Exchnage 2007 Snapin and ActiveRoles Management from Quest it will create a rule and populate as MANY default fields as possible.  It will create and assign a user’s home drive.  The user will be enabled in OCS (if you have OCS)

Here is the monster.   Use it, abuse it.   Email me at for comments on it or questions.

Let’s REALLY get a feel for what Powershell can do for you.

Not just Batch jobs (but that’s easy to) But simple consistency

Enjoy and abuse.  Save the File as NEWUSER.PS1 in your script

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# New User In PowerShell
# ye110wbeard Finally shuts up and writes a script that is USEFUL and doesn’t sing about it
# 7/15/2009 🙂
# And it couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the Powershell Community
# This script in many ways is VERY simple.  I simply chose to use simple assignments instead of a fancy "CSV Import" so a Powershell
# Newbie might be able to look at it, and get a better grasp of what everything is in Active Directory when THEY want to do something similiar
# For Newbie Users, a line beginning with a ‘#’ is a comment.   If you put a ‘#’ the line will be ignored.

# Prompt User for FirstName and LastName of new user

$FirstName = read-host -Prompt "Enter User First Name: "
$LastName = read-host -Prompt "Enter User Last Name: "

# Password must be read from Console as Secure String to be applied.  If you’re manipulate this to a Batch User process, you can use this one password as a default.  The Exchange New-Mailbox has the "Change Password at login" enabled by default

$TempPassword = read-host -AsSecureString -Prompt "Please Enter Temporary Password"

# SAM name will appear as Firstname.Lastname in Active Directory.   Adjust to meet your needs



#The SAM account cannot be greater than 20 characters.  You have to account for this.  A better functionn would stop query and say "Too big stupid" but this is my first time out

if ($max -gt 20) {$max=20}


# This is handy if your organization must have the names listed by Lastname, Firstname.  Exchange 2007 cannot do this natively (as least not that I have found)

$Name=$Lastname+", "+$FirstName
$DisplayName=$Lastname+", "+$FirstName

# User Alias Displaying as Firstname.Lastname


# UPN will be your internal login ID.  Typically Alias@domain.local or


# UNC Pathname to a share where all user folders reside.  Path must exist.  Recommend adding $ to sharename to hide from User Browsing


# Drive Letter assigned to \CONTOSOFILEUSERHOME$USERNAME Folder – Pick one


# Generic inbound office line and format of User Phone Extension.  Display purposes only.   Could be prompted as well

$Phone=’212-555-0000 x111′

# Your friendly neighbourhood ZIPCODE (or POSTALCODE if you’re from Canada ‘eh’?)


# City the user works in.  If you have multiple offices, you could prompt this as well


# Your State (no not Confusion, the one you live in) or Province for those ‘Canadians’ Again


# Address you work at

$Address=’123 Sesame Street’

# Default web site


# Company where you work at, or won’t work at if your boss catches you spending too much time drooling over Powershell

$Company=’Contoso Rocks Ltd’

# What location in the building?  typically floor X, Division Y, the back room behind the boxes

$Office=’In the Basement with my stapler’

# A generic description for the user

$Description=’New User’

# Job Description.  Carpet burner, box stacker, cable monkey

$JobTitle=’New User Hired’

# What department.  Where you hiding?  Network Admins, Secretaries?

$Department=’New Department Hire’

# Office Fax Number


# The ending part of the domain etc etc


# This first line is done within the Microsoft Exchange Management Shell from Exchange 2007.  I add it’s ability to my Powershell with the command
# ADD-PSSNAPIN -name Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Powershell.Admin IF you have the Microsoft Exchange console on the computer running this script.  And you have Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in the environment

New-Mailbox -Name $Name -Alias $Alias -OrganizationalUnit ‘Contoso.local/Users’ -UserPrincipalName $UPN -SamAccountName $SAM -FirstName $FirstName -Initials ” -LastName $LastName -Password $TempPassword -ResetPasswordOnNextLogon $true -Database ‘CONTOSOEXCHANGEFirst Storage GroupMailbox Database’

# This command l

set-qaduser -identity $alias -homedirectory $HomeDir -homedrive $Homedrive -city $City -company $Company -department $Department -fax $Fax -office $Office -phonenumber $Phone -postalcode $PostalZip -stateorprovince $StateProv -streetaddress $Address -webpage $web -displayname $displayname -title $JobTitle

# Source post for creating OCS user with Powershell!  Thank you Powergui.ORG!
# Tips.  If you do have Office Communications Server or Live Comm and looking for the Variables used, Check an enabled user in Active Directory while in ADVANCED mode
# and choose the "Attribute Editor" tab.  You’ll find them all down there.   If it doesn’t say "Enabled" or contain a value?  Don’t use it

$SIPHOMESERVER=’CN=LC Services,CN=Microsoft,CN=CONTOSO-OCSSERVER,CN=Pools,CN=RTC Service,CN=Microsoft,CN=System,DC=CONTOSO,DC=local’

$oa = @{‘msRTCSIP-OptionFlags’=384; ‘msRTCSIP-PrimaryHomeServer’=$SIPHOMESERVER; ‘msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress’=("sip:"+$alias+$ourdomain); ‘msRTCSIP-UserEnabled’=$true }

Set-QADUser $Alias -oa $oa

# – Great reference on SETTING NTFS permissions with SET-ACL! Thumbs up!

#Make User
Home Folder and Apply NTFS permissions – This was taken almost VERBATIM from the Blogpost.  I added in the $alias created from the FirstName Lastname to automatically populate a HomeFolder based upon the user name


new-item -path $HomeFolderMasterDir -name $Alias -type directory


$ACL=Get-acl $Foldername
$Ar = New-Object$DomainUser,"FullControl","Allow")
Set-Acl $Foldername $Acl

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