Update: Create-LabUsers Tool

Update: Create-LabUsers Tool


Just when you thought it couldn’t get more awesome.

It has.

By popular request, I have added a few new features (and fixed an annoyance).  First, the bug fix:

-Count 1

Yes, it’s true. If you ran the Create-LabUsers script with -Count 1 with the -InflateMailboxes parameter, you’d run into an issue because of how I calculated the $MaxRecipients value.  Since I didn’t want to totally crush the messaging system, I had elected to set $MaxRecipients to the maximum number of mailbox users / 3.  However, for -Count parameters of 1, this would cause an error with a Get-Random cmdlet, since you couldn’t exactly find a random integer between 1 and 1.  It was definitely an oversight on my part–I never imagined that someone would use a bulk user tool to create just one user.

So, fixed.

Now, on to the new stuff!

Middle Name support

Along with pointing out my -Count oops, Darryl also had an idea for populating the AD middle name.  I had originally just populated the middle initial.  This was easy enough, using the first names seed data ($MiddleName = $Names.First[(Get-Random -Minimum 0 -Maximum $Names.First.Count)]) and then setting $MiddleIntial = $MiddleName[0].

Easy peasy.


I might as well call this update the Darryl Chronicle, since this was also one of his requests.  As part of this update, I added a switch to allow you to create Exchange resource mailboxes:

  • Shared Mailboxes: Random number of shared mailboxes assigned per-department, per location
  • Equipment Mailboxes: Each location receives a fixed number (laptops and projectors)
  • Room Mailboxes: Each location receives a fixed number with varying room capacities
  • Room Lists: After creating the room mailboxes, the script will now create per-location room lists (special distribution lists that contain room objects for use with the Room Finder)

The latest version of the script is available on the Technet Gallery at http://aka.ms/createlabusers.

Published by Aaron Guilmette

Helping companies conquer inferior technology since 1997. I spend my time developing and implementing technology solutions so people can spend less time with technology. Specialties: Active Directory and Exchange consulting and deployment, Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Office 365, datacenter migration/consolidation, cheese.

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