Windows Server

Difference between an Active Directory contact and a user account object

On how to create a contact in Active Directory, see the link below.

User Object: User object is used for real users in a company, so permissions can be applied to them. Using user objects can log in on some network, access to some resources, etc.
– User Objects have security identifiers and this enables users to login and have permissions assigned.

Contact: Contains contact info about any person associated with the organization. Creating and managing AD contacts is vital for organizations, as contacts can be listed in a Global Address List (GAL) or another address list, allowing users to access contact information and send messages.
– Active Directory contacts include information about a person or business, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and fax numbers.
– Contacts do not have SIDs.

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