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How to create user template in Windows Server 2019/2016

Hello! Windows Server has many features that support system administration. For example, through the users it is possible to manage many administrative and productive tasks. On the other hand, creating a user in the active directory is a simple task. However, by creating multiple users, the situation changes. Because more time and effort is invested. Even more so when creating users from a single department who will have the same role configuration. In this case, Windows Server allows the creation of user templates. That is, create a base user with the configuration and then generate a template of this user. So that this configuration will be copied for all others. Consequently, time is saved by creating the settings for each user, one by one. So let’s see how, to create user template in Windows Server 2019/2016.

Creating user template from the Server Manager. Generating a new user.

The first thing you have to do is go to the Server Manager. Once there, open the Tools menu and click on Active Directory Users and Computers.

Select Active Directory users and computers
Select Active Directory users and computers

An administration console will be immediately deployed. Please click on Users. Then right-click on an empty space and follow the path below: New>User

Creating a new user in the Active Directory
Creating a new user in the Active Directory

Then enter the data of the new user.

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On the next screen, please enter the user’s password. It is also possible to configure some general aspects about it. Press Next to continue

Setting the new user's password
Setting the new user’s password

Next we will see a summary of the account to be created. Click on Finish to complete the process.

Summary of the new user's data.
Summary of the new user’s data.

Setting up some aspects of the new user.

With the previous steps, we have created the basic elements of a new user. However, it is possible to configure some more aspects. With this intention, please double-click on the new user. In this opportunity we will see the groups where the new user is. To edit this configuration, please click on the Member of tab. Then click on Add to enter a new group.

Adding a new group for the User
Adding a new group for the User

Another aspect that you can edit is the time range allowed for user input. With this intention, click on the Account tab and then on Logon Hours

Setting Logon Hours
Setting Logon Hours

Once there, please edit the time allowed for the Logon. Press OK to continue

Similarly, we can add any other data relevant to the user.

New user successfully created
New user successfully created

Creating the new user template in Windows Server

Once the new user is created, it is time to generate the template. With this in mind, right-click on the user and then click on Copy.

Copying a user to the active directory of windows server
Copying a user to the active directory of Windows server

In the next window, please enter the data of the new user.

Entering the user's data
Entering the user’s data

Once again, enter the password for the user.

Finally you will see a message confirming that the data was copied from one user to another.

User successfully copied
User successfully copied

You can check the above, verifying some configuration of the new user. For example, the Logon times.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, we saw how to create user template in Windows Server 2019/2016. This facilitates the process of creating multiple users. In addition, the time saved can be spent on other important tasks for the company. Very good! That’s all for now. Before I say goodbye, I invite you to see our post about backing up and restoring GPO on Windows Server. Bye!

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