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What's the difference between Home folder and Profile Path

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Hi, I was configuring my Windows 2003 Server for remote profiles and was wondering what the difference between Profile path and Home folder was in the Profile tab of the user's properties.  Please explain what the difference between them is and their individual purposes.

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Rajiv Makhijani
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Profile path is where your environment is stored - background image, color preference, documents, etc.
Your profile can be stored within your home folder, but doesn't have to be...

Your profile is located by default under C:\Documents and Settings.
You can easily alter this in a domain environment.

Home folder (home directory) is located on a server -it's your personal server storage space.
Typically home folders point to a user name variable, instead of a specific location (else you'd have to 'hard code' every body's home folder).
So homefolder could be \\server1\%username%
Now when Joe logs in, a share exists with his username, but the same happens for Susan as well (since %username% applies to whoever is logging on).

And just because a user has rights to their home directory, the do not necessarily have rights to the parent folder...

For instance - from a server,
 G:\Building-B\Office12\Floor16\UserShares\%username%
could be set up to prevent users from changing to the UserShares folder.

Hope that helps explain it some...

More info:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/en/server/help/lsm_profile_homedirectory.htm
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBF/TIP2900/rh2965.htm
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Thank you very much for this information... this makes it a whole lot clearer.  Also, by any chance, do you know how the "Users Shared Folders" on Small Business Server 2003 defers from the profile and home directory.
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I'm not as familiar with SBS - but I would presume that this would be something like a limited group-share functionality - where many users could save/retrieve data from the same storage...
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Thanks for all your help sirbounty!
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