At our college, we have a naming rule that appends a number to the end of a student email address. (Staff accounts are not affected.)
The base rule is jsmith1@.... The next one then becomes jsmith12 (not jsmith2) and so on. When it reaches jsmith19, the next address will be something like jsmith17A3B32.
Of course that's strange in itself.
What I though could be done is start the next batch off with jsmith2@....
However, I'm told that changing the rule is retroactive and all previous accounts would be renamed.
So I guess this is a two part problem.
A. Can the current rule be fixed to make the names simpler?
B. Can the rule be updated but not be retroactive?
Note: Currently on SP1 but system was originally configured on the original version.
Exchange 2007 SP1