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relocating user directories to different volume

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I have an SBS 2003 box with XP pro clients, and I need to move the default user directories from their location on "C:\users shared folders" (I am assuming that these are the default user directories) to the D: volume (an extended partition on the drive) with more available space.

How do I do this so that when I add a new user, the newly created folder for that user is created in the new location on the other drive?  I have looked through group policy and user management and am unable to find any settings...

Thanks all,

Darin M
Bandlandia, Inc.
Dallas, TX.
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when you create a new user... there is an option for profile location.  
ensure the d:users shares    is shared and enter in profile location
\\servernam\user shares d\%username%
hth
KaBaaM
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did that help you any or are you looking for something different?
Let me know if I could help you any further.

BTW, I just reread the question and realized we are neighbors... relatively speaking.
I am in Keller :-)
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Well, I think that would work on an individual basis...but when I created my current set of users, I did not have to set the location of their user folder...the server defaulted them to the location on the C drive...I want to change the system's default so that anytime I create a new user, the system automatically defaults to the new location on the D drive...

Darin M
Bandlandia, Inc.
Dallas, TX.


BTW, I live over by White Rock Lake (east side of Dallas, but we office in Irving, near Texas Stadium...thanks for your help on this)
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ooohh.. hold the phone.
After searching the web for an hour, I came back and read  the question again. I think I am looking for the wrong thing here.
Are you talking about roaming profiles?  Or are you talking about profiles on the local machines?
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to change the default location of locally created profiles try this......... I have not tried it but I am now.

in the registry edit this key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.... profilesdirectory
I am going to change %systemdrive% to d: and see if that works.
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4 score and seven hours later...
you would need to also transfer the default user profile over to the D:
I got it to work here but I had to mess with some security settings.
ensure that users have read default user profile and all users profile
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I have already created cached credentials, so that my laptop users have the same desktop, apps, settings, etc... whether they take their machine home with them, or on the road, or in the office... (although that has caused me a problem on a couple of my machines...I may ask you about that in a bit, once I get this part done)

Just that when I create a new network user, and the system creates the profile, I want the default user directory to be created on the server, but on the D: drive rather than the C: drive (I have a C: system drive of only 12GB, and a D: apps/storage partition of appx 48GB....)

Darin M
Bandlandia, Inc.
Dallas, TX.
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Darin,
I have been searching hi and low and can not find any other way to set up roaming profiles.  I think my first reply is the only method.  What I usually do is set up a DEFAULT USER account, fill in the information that will be the same for all new users (such as roaming profiles), and copy that user when creating new users.  All the static information is already there... just need to add the dynamic.
gl
Chad
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Well, that isn't exactly what I had in mind, but it'll work for the time being.  I know that there's something that can be set, like editing the properties of the share and altering the registry entry to cahnge the default directory creation location...But, since I have to get on to other, more important bsiness priorities, I will just do this as needed and then when I have time, I will poke and hunt for another solution.

Thanks for your help, I do appreciate it...

Darin M
Bandlandia, Inc.
Dallas, TX.
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I didn't try this but it may work... deep thoughts by jack handy
Using the registry edit I listed above... enter the value of  \\servername\share

test it on one machine... if it works export the key and add it to an OU for the machines.
gl
KaBaaM

p.s. enjoying todays rain..:-(
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I will give it a try when I have some time...not gonna happen soon...We've got a big deadline looming for reporting a quarter's worth of patient data to our biggest client....

It never rained here today...was kinda hoping it would...

By the way...do you do "on the side" admin work, like when one of us techno-goons can't figure something out and needs some on-site, at least semi-knowledgeable expertise?  We office out of my business partner's house (he's a pro photographer, and we've turned a chunk of his in-house photo studio into an office...so we're open 7 days a week...and we play great music all day (his roommate, and our newest employee, is a singer/guitarist in a local band) and have drinks and other non-traditional office life things....

We have a good time...but this server thing has gotten my nads in a wad (I know just enough to be very dangerous)....

Have a good one,

Darin M
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Darin,
Sounds like you have a very interesting and fun work atmosphere.  
When I am not being a techno-goon myself, I am usually found with my camera or guitar in hand.
Sounds like my type of place.

If you have any technical issues you can always use Experts-Exchange.
Any other questions you may have... my email is in my user profile.
EE admin folks frown on work soliciting inside threads :-(
thanks and good luck,

Chad
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Cool...I appreciate your help.  I've got a guy (brother of one our clients) coming out to help me on a couple of my small issues early next week...I would rather tinker and figure them out myself...I learn better that way but, I'm the word guy here, so I do all the advertising copy and marketing text for brochures, web, radio and newpaper, and we've got an ad campaign starting in May, so I have to get off this server thing for a while and get the other stuff complete.  But, I will keep plugging away here on EE, and will contact you privately, if needed.

Darin M
Bandlandia, Inc.
Dallas, TX.
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