SOE-AD User Account Names (MERIT-ONLY)
This document describes MERIT's naming practice, when establishing new accounts in SoE's Active Directory (SOE-AD) service.
OverviewEffective January 5, 2015, MERIT staff will create new SOE-AD account names based on first initial of given name and surname. For example, a new SOE-AD account request for Bucky Badger would result in the account name of "bbadger". This account naming practice complies with the UW-Madison Appropriate Use Standards for NetID.
This naming practice only applies to:
- New accounts. Existing account names remain unchanged.
- MERIT-supported accounts. SOE-AD accounts created by non-MERIT technology staff will adhere to their own local, existing practices.
The following exceptions are:
- uniqueness - For example, if bbadger already exists in the SOE-AD directory, and a new account request is received for Becky Badger, then middle initial after first initial or a number after surname would be applied to new account name. Uniqueness must be followed in all cases.
- legal name is one name - For example, if a new account request is received where person has only a single name as their legal name, then the full legal name would be the account name.
- combination of first initial of given name and full surname is longer than 8 characters - In this case, a truncated version could be applied upon request.
- offensiveness - For example, if the combination of first initial of given name and surname is inappropriate, a truncated or mutually agreed upon version could be applied.
For additional exceptions or requests, MERIT IT Consultants will decide the account name on a case-by-case basis.
For questions regarding this naming practice, please contact Brenda Spychalla, MERIT.