02 Nov 2016

Advanced Settings

CloudPanel has a few optional settings that can be adjusted to help fit your environment better.

Changing the SamAccountName Format

Modifying the in the settings.xml file will allow you to change the default format that CloudPanel generates the sAMAccountName value for Active Directory

Default Value (0):

  • This will use the text supplied in the username before the @ symbol. It will strip any invalid characters and if there is already a sAMAccountName then it will start appending numbers until it finds one available.
  • Cons: Using this setting could prevent you from creating objects with usernames that begin with words like ?info? or ?service? due to those sAMAccountNames being reserved words in Active Directory. At this time CloudPanel does not check against reserved words.

Example: jdixon@knowmoreit.com

Result: jdixon

Result if jdixon is taken: jdixon1

Unique?Value (1):

  • CloudPanel will generate a unique sAMAccountName using both the text before the @ symbol in the username and the domain name. If the domain is changed for the user the sAMAccountName will not be modified.
  • CloudPanel will trim the generated sAMAccountName to under 19 characters

Example: jdixon@knowmoreit.com

Result: jdixon_knowmoreitc

Changing the CN value for objects in Active Directory

CloudPanel gives you a way to customize the way objects are displayed in Active Directory (which is the CN value).

Default Value (0):

  • This option uses the DisplayName

UserPrincipalName (1):

  • This option uses the UserPrincipalName

Allow Duplicate Domains

By default CloudPanel only allows you to create a unique domain per company. If you want the ability to assign the same domain name to multiple customers you can modify this value.

Default Value (0):

  • Duplicate domains are not allowed. A domain can only belong to a single company


  • Allows a domain to belong to multiple companies (no limit).
  • Any changes made to a domain is changed for ALL companies. It is best practice to restrict company administrators from modifying domain values when using duplicate domains.