How To: Adding Lots of Users To AD To Setup Testing Environments
Syed Aslam Basha here. I am a tester on the Information Security Tools team.
To carryout performance testing for one of our projects I need to have thousands of users for self hosted domain controller and active directory(AD). It is next to impossible to create thousands of users manually. Interestingly I found an easy way of creating thousands of users using dsadd command so I thought I would share it.
Launch notepad and copy paste the below command and save it as Users.bat. Launch command prompt (as administrator) and run the Users.bat.
dsadd user"cn=syedaslambasha,OU=User Accounts,dc=suared2,dc=suacorp,dc=selfhost,dc=corp,dc=microsoft,dc=com" -display Syed Aslam Basha -pwd Microsoft~1 -email firstname.lastname@example.org -mustchpwd no -canchpwd no -pwdneverexpires yes -disabled no
Dsadd command lets you to add objects like computers, contacts, groups, organizational units (OUs), quotas, users to AD.
Like wise you can use dsmod to modify existing user information as shown below.
dsmod user "CN=syedaslambasha,OU=User Accounts,DC=suared2,DC=suacorp,DC=selfhost,DC=corp,DC=microsoft,DC=com" -mgr "CN=sua manager,OU=User Accounts,DC=suared2,DC=suacorp,DC=selfhost,DC=corp,DC=microsoft,DC=com
Modify the above script parameters appropriately to create user successfully!