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Profiles, 430 users, Netware 3.12

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I need to setup profiles for each student to enable not only unique desktops, but to give access to their Inbox using MS Echange Server.  Getting a profile created is not a problem, but copying it to each user is.

I have created one profile and tried copying it to another users directory in \Mail on the SYS Volume.  When i login as the new user, I see the new desktop, but all the icons have truncated descriptions (i.e. SATSTUD~1 for SAT Studyguide).  (I have installed Longfile Name support on the Novell server!)

Is there a simple way to get one basic profile created and copied to each user?  The other part of the equation is each student can login to any one of 30 computers on campus!

Thanks

Mark Young
Director, Media Center
Notre Dame High School
Salinas, CA
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by:ACScomm
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There is no magical shortcuts or tricks with Novell 3.12
You can create a basic user script and copy it to each new user profile you create.
Then assign the user to the group or groops you need so all the users will be able login to any one of 30 computers on campus.
About the long names being cut to 8 characters, I assume that all the OSs at end users are WIN95, with client32 loaded, you need to make sure you are using the latest client32 revision on all stations
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I know I can copy the profiles to other users, but i am looking for a means to speed up the process and also avoid the truncating of the file names (and icon descriptions)

Also, is there a better way to handle this?
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by:chunsaker
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Mark, you've got a great question here. Wish I knew the answer. <grin> Since I don't, I'd try something like creating one system and then using a program like GHOST (www.ghostsoft.com) to roll out copies. They're new versin will send images over a network. I know, not as nice as it should be, but I hope it'll help a little.
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1) Make sure OS2-Namespace is enabled on the SYS volumes
2) Make sure to copy the profile from within W95 (or NT) to preserve the long names while copying them.
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