What happens with ADUS if I rename a user in AD?

Using ADUS (Active Directory User Sycronizaiton) configured on a Domain Controller if you rename a User that is a member of the ADUS group it will cause the original user to be deleted and a new user created.

Example Active Directory User;
Username: jsmith
First Name: John
Last Name: Smith
Email Address: jsmith@scorpionlabs.com
2FA User: smith

If we rename John Smith to Henry Murdoch in Active Directory the Auth Log would  show entries  similar to this.

Timestamp Username Message Event ID IP Address
6/23/2014 11:09  ADUS Web Service hmurdoch status has been set to enabled. 0
6/23/2014 11:09  ADUS Web Service ADUS added user: hmurdoch. Token assigned 20
6/23/2014 11:09  ADUS Web Service New user created. (hmurdoch) 0
6/23/2014 10:49  ADUS Web Service ADUS added 1 to this site 20
6/23/2014 10:49  ADUS Web Service ADUS Users SoftToken not assigned list sent to site administrator. 33
6/23/2014 10:49  ADUS Web Service ADUS deleted 1 users. 20
6/23/2014 10:49  ADUS Web Service User deleted. (jsmith. User ID: 54) 0


If you need to rename an AD User that is also a 2FA user and do not want to reissue their token we can do the following.

  1. Stop the ADUS service on the Domain Controller.
  2. Open SQL Management Studio / Tables / Anvil / dbo.Users - Right click and Select Edit top 200 Rows.
    This will allow you to edit the following fields.
    Note: You can also create a SQL Query to change multiple users if desired.
  3. Once the changes are made in SQL you are then able to make the user account changes in Active Directory.
  4. Start the ADUS service on the Domain Controller


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