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    I installed Zimbra 5 and spent the entire afternoon in disbelief, reading more and more forum posts about zimbra not being able to authenticate microsoft AD users untill they are created in zimbra first. I'm not sure how it is done but we have successfully replaced outlook web access with squirrelmail, which has the option to authenticates against LDAP without the need to first import existing users let alone the need to sync both databases from then on... In squirrelmail you log on with your AD account and if it doesn't exist in the squirrelmail db it is created after successful authentication. Please provide some feedback as to when this feature might be fully implemented if at all any time soon so we may reconsider using zimbra to replace microsoft exchange. Thank you for an amazing open source product so far!!!!

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    we're a novell shop, and they ahve a cool utility called Identity Manager. It's a nice program that runs and can keep accounts syncronized between different systems. basically when we add a new user to edirectory (novell's equivelant of AD) it can trigger an event to add that user to any number of systems like ldap, active directory, or trigger a script event on another server. there is a specific kb article from novell about how to integrate it with zimbra to have auto user creation.

    i'm sure there is an equivelant of something in microsoft realm. i had even thought of how you could do this with a simple like perl script in a cron job by querying a ldap, active directory, or edirrectory tree and looking for any accounts created in the past x minutes, and if it finds any to create them in zimbra. doesn't seem like it'd be that hard to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bimmo2007 View Post
    Please provide some feedback as to when this feature might be fully implemented if at all any time soon so we may reconsider using zimbra to replace microsoft exchange. Thank you for an amazing open source product so far!!!!
    Bug 7235 – Auto Provision New Accounts with External LDAP
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    You could take advantage of the account import wizard in Zimbra. You should be able to export that information easily from AD. You might even be able to show the appropriate columns in Active Directory Users and Computers and do an export right from there.

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