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Is it possible for 2 users accounts to share one local Windows 2000 profile?

The reason I ask is that I have a client that has several laptops that they use between school (in a domain) and at home (in a workgroup). Now I had to create a separate computer account on each laptop so they could log on without Windows 2000 looking to authenticate with a domain controller (with the cached domain password) every time you try to access a printer or share at the home workgroup. So that is the reason I had to use 2 users. My question is can these 2 users share the same profile if they are both local.
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Question by:Gareth Gudger
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by:Gareth Gudger
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I meant USER account not COMPUTER account. Sorry.
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by:webwoman
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For a SERVER account, sure. You only need the account on the server they log into, the actual computer can be whatever you want. The settings on that computer can be set to use a roaming profile -- when you log on to the server some of the computer settings are grabbed from the roaming profile, so that at least some things are the same.

But of course, you won't have files that were saved on one machine, or programs installed on one and not the other, etc.

A LOCAL account is another thing entirely. THat would be local to THAT MACHINE -- and would NOT be accessible from another machine.
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by:darrenburke
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easy,

On the local accounts set the profile path (under the profile tab) for each local user to the same central location.  This can be something like this "c:\profiles\SharedProfile"

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by:Gareth Gudger
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Sorry if I was not clear webwoman, I was referring to 2 users sharing the same local profile.

Thanks, Darren. I had a feeling you could actually just point them to the same location but I am not sure how to actually do it. Do you have the list of clicks necessary? I take it you have used this methodology in a similar situation? :O)
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Logon as the local Administrator to the laptop
Create a folder called "C:\Profiles"
right click My Computer and choose Manage
Open Local Users and Groups
Double Cick each of the users that you created locally and choose the Profile tap
In the Profile Path field type "C:\profiles\SharedProfile"
Choose OK
Repeat for each local user

That's it


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by:Gareth Gudger
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Man....I almost want to kick myself.

Points are yours darren.
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