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Ok sounds stupid to write this at work but..Im setting up(or at least trying 2) a file server, Hdrive created, User/Profiles$ and group shares created. Even changed 1 test users account logon to point to the newly created folders..someone help me with the correct share and file permissions for the 3 files server folders..oh Im my defence, I am doing this on a German language svr. So far Ive managed to have the user and profiles folders created on first logon but they arent tied down correctly or I have to take ownwership to delete them and start again.
The answer that solve my headache can have all my money/wife/golf clubs/and a whoppin 100 points.
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First : If you have a large number of users, buy a professional program to assist you as it very consuming!

Second : Think before you start building your "shared space" directory! You'll have to create some groups, most likely with the same name as your company units ( eg Accounting, Purchase, HumanResource, Managment,... ). When you have divided all the users, create their directories in the share, but try to keep the same aligment here, first create directories corresponding to their company units and then put everyone corresponding name in their directory

So now you should have a share directory like this :

Accounting
      -> GuyA
      -> GuyB
      -> GuyC
Purchase
      -> GuyD
      -> GuyE
Maintenance
      -> GuyF
      -> GuyG
Engeeneering
      -> GuyH
      -> GuyI
Managment
      -> GuyJ
      -> GuyK
      -> GuyL

This way you always have a small user directory. Imagine that you have around 150 users connected to that share, and you are the unlucky one wich name begins with a M! You have to scroll down to middle to access their folder.

We also tend to create a open folder , that is readable for everyone in the same group, here they can share files, wich will eliminate the need for changing permissions everhy day eg :

Accounting
      -> _Shared
      -> GuyA
      -> GuyB
      -> GuyC
Purchase
      -> _Shared
      -> GuyD
      -> GuyE
Maintenance
      -> _Shared
      -> GuyF
      -> GuyG
Engeeneering
      -> _Shared
      -> GuyH
      -> GuyI
Managment
      -> _Shared
      -> GuyJ
      -> GuyK
      -> GuyL

Now you have to share every user directory that complies with their login name ( eg user thomas , share his directory as $thomas )

For the permissions on the share : this is easy, only the owner of the folder!

For the permissions on the directories!
This is more difficult. On the root directory you set everybody to read, on the units directories ( eg Accounting ) remove everyone, and set the directory as read for the group accounting or the corresponding group. Then you should give only the user full access to their own directory!

Under the shared directory, you just give them read access!

then you should be able to use the shares created for making a networked drive!
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And off course, I forgot something :

there are programs that do that for you , check it out at www.scriptlogic.com

Cheers!
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Thanks TC...I thought it would be easier to change the users profiles and Home folders in the user properties and just let the system create the folders at first logon??
Thats why Ive already created the (Profiles$) (Users) and (section) folders....its the permissions on these folders that I havent got to grips with yet. For some reason the user isnt automatically added to his own forlder when its created (odd!)  Something to do with inherited parent folder permissions me finks.
Andy
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Still having a problem with setting up as stated....the GPOs dont like users folders inside group folders...but thanks anyway
Andy
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