I have created a user account called "MyUser" via Powershell, and the icon graphic in active directory different to that of the user test that I create via the UI.

The scripted one has a circle icon with a downwards facing arrow: enter image description here

The UI generated user does not has an icon that does not have the downwards facing arrow.

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It means that the user object is disabled. You can right click the object and choose the "enable" option to enable it.

  • As additional info, the reason the programatically created user is disabled is probably because it was created without a password. Sep 11, 2015 at 12:15
  • Right Click > All Tasks > Enable Account Sep 29, 2021 at 7:56
  • I had a disabled user without the arrow, it was very confusing. enabling and disabling again made the arrow to appear. wtf Feb 3, 2022 at 10:29

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