How to Change Active Directory Display Names

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This article describes how to change the display names of Active Directory users with Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) script.


After you migrate users from a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 domain or another directory, you may have user's display names in the FirstName LastName format. If you want to change this to LastName, Firstname Middle format but the Active Directory users are not populated with First Name Last Names yet (as Q277717 requires), the following script takes the current display name, splits it into separate strings, rearranges them, and then writes them back to display names in the LastName, First Middle format. It also populates the LastName (SN), FirstName (givenName) and Middlename properties of the user.

This script does not populate the middle initials fields, instead, it appends anything after Fname Lastname to the end of the string. For example, Jane Doe is changed to Doe, Jane and John C. Doe is changed to Doe, John C., but the initials field is not populated.

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rem chgdisplay3.vbs - Changes the display names of all users in a given OU to the 
rem format of Lastname, Firstname Middle using the current displayName field and breaking this into seperate strings.
rem Usage = cscript chgdisplay.vbs "OU=My Ou, DC=My Domain, DC=com"
rem OU must be enclosed in quotes if it contains spaces in the name

Dim strTargetOU


wscript.echo strTargetOU
wscript.echo "Changing Display names of users in " & strTargetOU

Set oTargetOU = GetObject("LDAP://" & strTargetOU)
oTargetOU.Filter = Array("user")

For each usr in oTargetOU
	if instr(usr.SamAccountName, "$") = 0 then  
		if instr(usr.displayName, ",") = 0 then 
			vTempName = usr.get("displayName") 
			astrWords = split(vTempName) 
			CountWords = UBound(astrWords) - LBound(astrWords) +1 
			if CountWords = 2 then
				vFirst = astrWords(0)
				vLast = astrWords(1)
				vFullname = vLast + ", " + vFirst
				usr.put "Sn", vLast
				usr.put "GivenName", vFirst
			end if
			if CountWords = 3 then 
				vFirst = astrWords(0)
				vMiddle = astrWords(1)
				vLast = astrWords(2)
				vFullname = vLast + ", " + vFirst + " " + vMiddle
				usr.put "Sn", vLast
				usr.put "GivenName", vFirst
				usr.put "middleName", vMiddle
			end if

 		usr.put "displayName", vFullName 
		wscript.echo vFullName
    		end if
	end if

Sub ParseCommandLine()
  	Dim vArgs
  	set vArgs = WScript.Arguments
  	if vArgs.Count <> 1 then 
     		strTargetOU = vArgs(0)
  	End if
End Sub

Sub DisplayUsage()
 	WScript.Echo "Usage:  cscript.exe " & WScript.ScriptName & " <Target OU to change users display names in>" 
 	WScript.Echo "Example: cscript " & WScript.ScriptName & " " & chr(34) & "OU=MyOU,DC=MyDomain,DC=com" & chr(34)
End Sub


Article ID: 300427 - Last Review: March 1, 2007 - Revision: 4.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
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