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How to Change a User Account Name in Solaris 10

by Chris Hoffman

Solaris is a Unix operating system often used for servers developed by Oracle. Solaris is a multi-user operating system. Like other UNIX operating systems, every user account on Solaris has its own home folder and permissions settings. Solaris includes the standard UNIX "usermod" command which changes a user account's name and automatically takes care of renaming the home folder and adjusting system permissions. You must have root, or administrator, permissions on the system to change a user account's name.

Step 1

Open a terminal window by clicking the "Desktop_Apps" icon on the Solaris desktop panel and double clicking "Terminal" in the application manager window.

Step 2

Type "su" into the terminal window and press "Enter" to become the root user with permission to modify user accounts.

Step 3

Type your root password when prompted and press "Enter."

Type "usermod -l new_name old_name" into the terminal window, replacing "new_name" with a new name for the user account and "old_name" with the user account's current name, and press "Enter."

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