Big organizations and companies have certain policies for creating users and computers in Active Directory. For instance, many companies force their technicians who are responsible for creating AD users to fill important fields such as phone, email and Employee ID. In Borna, a user template, which is basically a fully customized form, allows you to define customized templates with which a technician can create users and computers efficiently with a set of policies your organization dictates. Some of the features Borna’s computer and user templates have are explained below.
Customize Field Names
Borna user template (and also computer template) lets you change the display name of AD fields. For instance, some companies use their Employee ID to store their employees’ SSN number. In these cases, you can change the name of the field shown in the creation form to eliminate the possibility of any potential confusion. Note that these changes do not have any impact on Active Directory’s database and these changes are only visible in Borna.
Set Default Value
Borna allows you to set a default value for AD attributes that usually share the same value for different AD users. For instance, logon hours and manager attributes of users working in the same department are often known before their creation. Setting a default value for such fields dramatically speed up the user creation process. It is also possible to use a structured naming system for usernames by which usernames are created automatically using their first and last name.
For experienced technicians and administrators, it is not much difficult to grasp how much these customized templates are valuable, particularly in big organizations where it is even possible to hire several hundred or even thousand people in a month. The task of creating such huge number of users wastes technician’ time so that they might not even have time to do other tasks. Not only does Borna allow you to create a customized template which speeds up the user creation process, but also its flexible permission system lets you indicate with which user template (computer template) a technician can create a user (computer) and in which OU an AD user can be created, which enables delegation of such tasks to non-technical users.
To learn more about Active Directory Delegation in Borna and also how a user template or computer template can be associated with a technician who can create ad user or computer, visit Active Directory Delegation of Administration.