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difference between user object and contact object in active directory? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    In addition to others.

    A user object is an object that is a security principal in the directory. A user can log on to the network with these credentials and access permissions can be granted to users.

    A contact object is an account that does not have any security permissions. You cannot log on to the network as a contact. Contacts are typically used to represent external users for the purpose of e-mail.

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, July 1, 2013 7:47 AM
    Moderator
  • User objects have security identifiers (SIDs). It means that users can log in and you can assign permissions to them. Contacts do not have SIDs.
    Sunday, June 30, 2013 5:30 AM

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  • Hi,

    The noticable difference between User and Contact Object can be classified based on its Attributes.

    Lets say, that User/Computer/Group - Fully Featured AD Objects.

                          Contacts/Printer - Compact AD Objects (Usefull in AD Search)

    User Object:
    Contains information about users like their first, middle and last names, login credentials etc. For example say Aroma, Paul and Alex are employees of an organization, then a user object can be created for each one of them, This object will store various properties of the user like their name, the manager they report to, their sub-ordinates etc.

    Contact Object: (Usefull in AD Search,eventhough they have no access to AD)
    Contains contact info about any person associated with the organization like a supplier’s telephone number, mail address etc. For example an organization might want to store details of people who are not directly associated with the organization such as people who help in network maintenance or suppliers etc. These people usually do not need to be given access to AD; only their details need to be stored which in this case is their name and contact information, this can be done using a contact object.

    Hope that explains and helps :)


    Vikky

    Friday, June 28, 2013 11:20 AM
  • Hello

    A user object can login to domain and access resources in domain /forest.But a contact cannot. 

    A contact is created in so that the the email attribute appears in GAL . You can have contacts from outside the domain.forest. For example : you can create a contact object with email like andy.flower@espn.com in your domain. Then andy.flower@espn.com will appear in GAL for all users in your exchange area. A contact does not have access to AD. 


    anand

    Friday, June 28, 2013 11:23 AM
  • User objects have security identifiers (SIDs). It means that users can log in and you can assign permissions to them. Contacts do not have SIDs.
    Sunday, June 30, 2013 5:30 AM
  • Contact is just for contact, you can not assign to them permission and they can not be able to login to domain, and in terms of functionality, contact is used if you have exchange - they will appear in address book, but they are external users, and can create from them a  local mailbox for a contact

    Users is an object with SSID, can login to domain and can apply on it security permissions

    Regards,


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    Sunday, June 30, 2013 5:41 AM
  • Hi,

    In addition to others.

    A user object is an object that is a security principal in the directory. A user can log on to the network with these credentials and access permissions can be granted to users.

    A contact object is an account that does not have any security permissions. You cannot log on to the network as a contact. Contacts are typically used to represent external users for the purpose of e-mail.

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, July 1, 2013 7:47 AM
    Moderator