Setting up roaming profiles (win98SE to Win2000AS server)

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am setting up networking for the school I am working for.  I am not dumb,
but not a Microsoft server specialist!

Win2000 AS server with Win98 SE workstations.  As I need students to be able
to log in from any w/s, I decided I needed roaming profiles.  The literature
is abundant for setting up Win2000, NT or XP roaming users/workstations, but
Win98 RKit seems to say it's available for Win98.

I did these:
- turned on profiles in Win98
- entered a couple of users on my server
- managed to configure group policies (.POL file on server w/ multiple
Groups and different policy for each)
- created 2 shares on server: USERS$ for profiles and HOME for home
directories.

What I am trying to accomplish:
1 - get Win98 to store profiles on server (such as in \\server\user$\user1)
2 - get Win98 to connect to users' home directory (such as
\\server\home\user1).  I read that the best way seems to connect that
directory w/ the My-Documents folder.

What I need help w/:
1- Options in Win2000 user-config/profile-tab seem to be geared towards TS
users according to the doc.  Is that true or how do they relate to Win98
(I'm not speaking about the logon script which I got to work OK, once I
understood it should contain a relative path-and-file-name from the NETLOGON
share directory).
2 - If I need the options above: What should I specify as values (complete
UNCs, drive:dir-file which has a meaning for the server or the w/s, relative
path-fil starting where  ...) ? Do I need to configure/script something on
the w/s side to use that value.
3- Once things are set right: Do I need to copy profiles over from the w/s
storage over to server specified path or does that occur automatically at
session start/end.
4- Lastly, when a new user is defined what do I need to set up before he
logs in, and where can I place the default profile, if any, for it to be
copied right.
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1) The Profile tab on the user property page is not related to Terminal Server. This is the tab you want. This tab applies to Win98

2) You should specify the UNC path to the folder containing the user's profile. For example, \\server\USERS$\Joe. You do not need to configure anything on the workstation side.

3) You do not need to copy profiles over to the server. Once you have made the change, log on with the user, then back off. The profile will then be automatically copies to the server.

4) If you have a specific profile for the user, you can copy that profile into their profile directory on the server. If you want to start with a default profile, you don't have to do anything, it will be created and uploaded to the server the first time the user logs on and off.
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I had done about that many times, but based on your confirmation, I tried harder and set up everything using a user NEW for the Win98 workstation .... and it worked.  Apparently I had never had the proper combination (existence of user folders, new login from the workstation, proper definitions in the user profile)

I appreciate your help and will give you credit for it.  I have just a little additional question:  How do you set up the Home directory for Win98 w/s, what is the use of the 2 home folder (not sure of the exact labels as I am working on a french version of Win2000 server) fields below the user profile in the profile tab; how do they relate to a Win98 client

Maybe I should post another question for this ?

Thanks for the help
I think you are referring to choice of Local Path or Connect. Local Path will set the home directoty to a local directory on the workstation. So if you want the home directory to always be C:\username on the workstation, you can set it here. Connect allows you to set a home directory on a specific computer by UNC path. You would use this if you had user's home directories stored on a file server.

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To get Home Directories to work on win98 machines you need to make sure you have a home directory specified for the user in UNC format and an associated drive letter. Next create a login script which contains the following line:

net use h: /home

Obviously replace the h: with whatever drive letter you want to use.

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