Change user account name in Active Directory

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Microsoft Exchange 2003
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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
We have a user that recently got married and would like to have her account name changed in Active Directory. How easy or hard would this be? We run Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003. How would the changes affect her receiving emails? She is a member of several distribution groups and has several in-boxes set up in her Outlook. Would this affect her permissions to several locations and folders? Thanks in advance for the help.

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You can re-name her account in AD and it will not change any of her permissions or any memberships of groups and will also keep her old email addresses so she can still receive emails from people who are not yet aware of her name change. In AD also go to the email addresses tab, create her new email address and make it the primary SMTP and do not delete the old email addresses. That will change her name on all mail she sends and also when people hit “reply” it will be the new name. Her mailbox content and structure will not change either. I had to do this for myself 3 years ago.

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    What about the local Windows profile? We are in the process of moving to a Windows Domain environment. I setup a dummy user in Active Directory, logged into Windows as that user. I then changed the name as stated above in Active Directory. I was able to log into Windows with the new name. I did notice that the local profile name did not change. I assume because of the SID? I logged out and logged in as a local admin. I renamed the local profile under Documents and Settings to the new name. I logged out and logged back in using the new name. When logging in, it created a new profile...So for example, there was now username and username.DOMAIN Why is it creating a new profile there? Is there a way to prevent this?
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