Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 SP12 Administrator's Guide

Renaming Users

For LDAP databases, the rename feature changes only the user’s name, all other fields are left intact. In addition, the user’s old name is still preserved so searches against the old name will still find the new entry.

When you rename a user entry, you can only change the user’s name. You cannot use the rename feature to move the entry from one organizational unit to another. For example, suppose you have organizational units for Marketing and Accounting and an entry named “Billie Holiday” under the Marketing organizational unit. You can rename the entry from Billie Holiday to Doc Holiday, but you cannot rename the entry such that Billie Holiday under the Marketing organizational unit becomes Billie Holiday under the Accounting organizational unit.

ProcedureTo rename a user entry

  1. Access the Administration Server and choose the Users and Groups tab.

  2. Display the user entry as described in Finding User Information.

    If you are using common name-based DNs, specify the user’s full name. If you are using uid-based distinguished names, enter the new uid value that you want to use for the entry.

  3. Click Rename User.

  4. Change the Given Name, Surname, Full Name, or UID fields appropriately to match the new distinguished name for the entry.

  5. You can specify that the Administration Server no longer retains the old full name or uid values when you rename the entry by setting the keepOldValueWhenRenaming parameter to false. You can find this parameter in the following file:


    For more information, see the Manage Users page in the online help.