When a new user is created in Active Directory, the Full name
field is always generated in FirstName LastName format. In turn,
this field sets the Display Name
field on creation, therefore, you end up with a FirstName
LastName formatted global address list.
You can make this change by
using the Adsiedit utility. Adsiedit not only changes the default way the Display Name
field is built, but also the Full Name
(that is, the "cn") field, therefore, users appear in the chosen
format when you look in the Users and Computers snap-in.
If you use the ADSI Edit snap-in, the LDP utility, or any other LDAP version 3 client, and you incorrectly modify the attributes of Active Directory objects, you can cause serious problems. These problems may require you to reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, or both Windows and Exchange. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems that occur if you incorrectly modify Active Directory object attributes can be solved. Modify these attributes at your own risk.
- Insert your Windows 2000 Server CD.
- Navigate to the \support\tools directory.
- Double-click on the Support.cab file.
- Locate the files adsiedit.msc and adsiedit.dll. Extract
them to your %systemroot%\system32 directory.
- Run regsvr32 adsiedit.dll.
- Start Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and then add the
ADSI Edit snap-in.
- Right-click the top node, and then click Connect to.
- Change the Naming Context to "Configuration Container," and then click OK to bind and authenticate.
- Expand the Configuration Container node, and then expand the Configuration node.
- Expand the cn=DisplaySpecifiers node, and then double-click CN=409.NOTE: 409 is the Locale ID for U.S. English. If you are in a
multi-lingual environment, you may need to make changes to the other codes.
Most of the Asian codes are already set.
Telecommunication Union (ITU) and International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) define the code pages. For more information, visit the following ITU and ISO Web pages:
For more information about supporting localized Exchange Clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
- In the right-hand pane, open the properties for
- Scroll to the createDialog optional property.
- Set the attribute to %<sn>.%<givenName>. Make sure that you click Set.
Note The only tokens that can be formatted in the dislayName are
%<sn>, %<givenName>, and %<initials>.
- Click OK to close the dialog box.
- In Active Directory Users and Computers, create a new User;
the Full Name (and thus, the Display Name) are built in accordance with your
Making these changes can have adverse effects.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Group changes for users with
For more information about how to use an ADSI script to perform this
task, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to change the display names of Active Directory users with Active Directory
services interface script
- The instructions show you how to modify user objects. There is a separate setting for Contacts--change step eleven to "contact-Display".
- You do not need to close the Users and Computers snap-in;
changes are picked up automatically.
- In multi-domain controller environments, you may need to
wait for replication to complete before the user interface picks up the
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