Is it better to have user logins based on a unique number or the users name.
Based on name: simon.cropp, scropp or simoncropp
- Windows environment
- MS Active Directory
I would say that this is 100% dependent on your environment and what you think would be best received by your users and what would be most easily managed by your IT staff.
Where I work, we have about 30k users and our naming scheme is last name, first initial, and a number.
Robert Smith would be smithr1. If there is another R. Smith, then he/she would be smithr2, etc.
The most important thing is that you want your users to be able to remember it. There's nothing that frustrates helpdesk staff more than users that don't even know their user name.