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Win 2K Server Profiles and Home folder.

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Last Modified: 2010-03-19

I've finally set up Win2K Server running the active directory service.

Next task is to create accounts. I'm making organisational objects in the Active Directory, and creating the accounts in them.

All I need now is a little advice as to where to put the each user's home folder (that will be scripted to come as H: ), where to store each user's profile, and where to store their  .pst files.

Please help.
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That should be pfbackup, not psbackup for the Outlook backup utility.
StevenLewis just posted this in another thread.  Looks like another possibility for your Outlook PST files, possibly a better one.


Thanks for an excellent answer to my question.

I have given you the points, but could you explain this a little more?

".. replace %username% with a folder of your choice with the desired profile already copied there.  If you do the latter, I highly recommend changing ntuser.dat to ntuser.man so that users cannot make changes to each other's profiles.."

What is ntuser.dat and ntuser.man, what does it do, why will chaning it make a difference and how can I make this change?
If you want everyone to have the same profile, so that you have a uniform look and feel to everyone's desktop, wallpaper settings, etc, you want to create a profile (on your own PC for example).  Once you have everything exactly the way you want it, make sue you have hidden files and folders shown, go to your C drive (or the drive with Documents and Settings), go into the folder you created the profile in, then copy all the files from there to your shared profile location.  You'll notice one of the files in that folder is called ntuser.dat.  That file is a file that stores personal settings and is used to keep track of individual changes to roaming user profiles.  If you leave the file name as ntuser.dat, then if BillH makes a change to the desktop (like adding icons), the SusanK will see those changes the next time she logs on.  If you change the filename to ntuser.man, that makes the profile read only, so that no changes are possible.  I would only do this if you wish each user to use the same settings.

Otherwise, in the profiles tab just map everyone's profiles to \\servername\profiles\%username% to automatically create a folder for them to have their own personal profile.  Word of warning, if you have a lot of users and have minimal server/network resources, this will create excess traffic on your network as everyone will be saving and pulling individual profiles down off the network.  Most of the administrators I have come across in today's modern network either let the user store profiles locally on the machine or use the read-only profile as I suggested in the first paragraph.

Either way...for future reference, leaving the profiles on a server with ntuser.dat, that is referred to as a Roaming User Profile whereas ntuser.man files make them Mandatory User Profiles.  There is a lot of information all over about these techniques, if you have the right terminology.  So whatever questiond you don't get answered here (and that should be many questions given what I've seen already), you can find good information out there on it....even within 2000's help files.

Let me know if you need any more clarification anywhere.


Thanks Reddy!
thanks for your excellent reply and we will contact always.
not a problem!  :)
I had a question about this,

If i stored my profiles for my users on a network share, does that mean ALL the icons they each have will be stored on the server? so that each of these icons will show up wherever they log in from any machine?

What if i used Folder Redirection to take the My Documents folder out of the profile? Would that speed things up? Also, i tried using roaming profiles for one user, myself, and well, my wallpaper does not travel with me. Do you know why?

I'm planning on implementing Roaming User Profiles currently, im getting frustrated since all my users anre moving desks and ultimately computers, so im having to go to each computer and manually set up all their shortcuts and such.

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