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Server Drives & profiles

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I am running W2K on my Dell Poweredge. I have DNS configured and AD installed and I have set up some users on my home network, which is being used to practice network administration. How do I setup server drives for my users? How do I setup profiles for my users.

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You set up drives by simply right clicking on the network resource and click sharing. Then you can assign the appropriate permissions to the appropriate users. You can map a drive to those share by browsing to your server through Network Places and right clicking to "Map Network Drive". (You might also want to make sure all your client machines are part of the domain.)

You can also make a share into a users home folder and have it autoamtically mapped by specifying it in their user properties.

Mapped drives can also be assigned via logon scripts that utilitize the "NET USE" command.

In regards to profiles, a user has one as soon as they log in for the first time to their machine. A local profile is created. To copy this profile to the server and make it "roaming" so it follows them to wherever they login you need to copy the profile to a previously created network share on the server. To copy a profile to a remote location log onto that users computer as the administrator and right click on My Computer and click Properties. In Windows 2000 for example you just click "User Profiles" and can "Change Type" to roaming or "Copy To" a different location.
Just about everything you need to know regarding set up and troubleshooting of roaming profiles.... http://www.jsifaq.com/_vti_script/reghackSrch.htm0.idq
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Ooops...do a search for roaming profiles from that link. :)
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Ooops...do a search for roaming profiles from that link. :)
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by:Peter_Fabri
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By network resource I take it that this means My Network Places? When I right click on this I do not get the "sharing" option!

Is mapping a drive the same as giving a user access rights to shared drive or a private drive which they can see under their own login? I thought mapping was similar to what a shortcut is. The situation I am used to at work when I logon, is being able to see several drives, E, G, P for instance, which are server drives I have been given access to. This is the setup I am trying to achieve with my home server/client setup.

Peter

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No I mean you go into My Network Places, locate the server, open it and then right click on the share you want to map and click "Map Network Drive". You can then pick a drive letter and select reconnect at logon to keep it persistant.
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I've gone to My network places, located my server, double clicked it then I see 4 folders. I do not see sharing option.
The mapping drive option asks for a folder to map the drive to and I want to assign a drive(s) to a user so that when I logon to my server as a user I see the server drive when I open My Computer. I'm a little lost at the moment.

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