How to change a Lotus Notes user's name in the Domino Directory

Learn how to change a Lotus Notes user's name in the Domino Directory using Domino administrator.

The following is tip #3 from "Managing Lotus Notes and Domino users and groups -- 10 tips in 10 minutes," excerpted

from Chapter 15 of the book Lotus Notes and Domino 6 System Administrator Exam Cram 2, published by Sams Publishing.


Users may also require a name change to their account information in the Domino Directory. To change a user's name, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Domino Administrator and select the People & Groups tab. Click People and choose the user to be changed.

  2. Using the Tools pane, select People and Rename. In the People and Rename dialog box, select the Change Common Name option; the Choose a Certifier dialog box appears.

    NOTE: At the bottom of the People and Rename dialog box is the Honor Old Names for Up to XX Days option. The default option for this selection is 21 days, but the value can be changed to reflect a number from 14 to 60 days.

  3. As in step 4 of the preceding list of steps (see "Changing a User's Location in the Hierarchy"), select an option for choosing a certifier, and then click OK to continue. If you choose the option to use a certifier ID, a dialog box appears requesting the password. Enter the password and click OK to continue.

  4. The Certificate Expiration Date dialog box appears. The default set in this box is two years from the current date. Change the date if required or leave it at the two year default and click OK to continue.

  5. The Rename Person dialog box appears with fields to be completed. Complete these fields:

    • First Name
    • Middle Name
    • Last Name
    • Qualifying Org Unit (optional)
    • Short Name (optional)
    • Internet Address (optional)
    • Rename Windows NT User Account (optional)

  6. After you have completed the fields required for this user, click OK. The name change is processed and the Processing Statistics dialog box appears displaying the results of the change process.

  7. Click OK to close the dialog box and continue.


Managing Lotus Notes and Domino users and groups

 Home: Introduction
 Tip 1: How to change a Lotus Notes user's group membership
 Tip 2: How to move the Lotus Notes user's location in the Domino hierarchy
 Tip 3: How to change a Lotus Notes user's name in the Domino Directory
 Tip 4: How to delete Lotus Notes groups and users from Domino Directory
 Tip 5: How to extend the expiration date on a Lotus Notes User ID
 Tip 6: How to manage Lotus Notes groups with the Manage Groups tool
 Tip 7: How to modify Lotus Notes and Domino Person documents
 Tip 8: How to move a Lotus Notes user's mail file
 Tip 9: How to rename Lotus Notes groups
 Tip 10: How to set up Lotus Notes and Domino roaming users


This chapter excerpt from Lotus Notes and Domino 6 System Administrator Exam Cram 2, by Karen Fishwick and Tony Aveyard, is printed with permission from Sams Publishing, Copyright 2005. Click here for the chapter download.
This was first published in September 2006

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