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Creating W2K User Accounts Faster?

Whenever I create a new user account on the network, I manually create their user directory and manually assign the appropriate permissions.  Then I set up the user's computer and configure it to sync to this folder using MyDocuments.  Is there a way to set this up automatically with Windows 2000 server and Windows XP clients?
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Hi clayperez,
Well, if you want this to be uniform, meaning everyone essentially follows the same pattern, and assuming you are on a domain, you can use a Group Policy to accomplish this. I don't know how much experience you have with that but in the User Configuration>Administrative Templates> section of Group Policy there are policies which will allow you to do just that. Of course, there are other ways but if you are on a domain I think this is the most logical.

"their user directory"

You can have AD autmatically setup each user's home directory.

In AD, when you add a user....you can simply right click on their account and go to "properties" and then the "profile" tab. Under "home folder" you can select a drive letter which is used as the letter of their drive mapping...then you type this as the path:


The only thing you need to have is setup a shared folder...in this case called HomeDir. The user's folder with full permissions to the user and admins will be setup when the user logs in.
clayperezAuthor Commented:
luv2smile,  Does the folder actually have to be SHARED, or can it simply have the correct modify permissions associated with the %username% folder?

I try not to share folders on the server so that tey are not visible should someone open the server object in Network Neighborhood..
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Then with group policy you can redirect their my documents folder to their "home directory" folder.

To do this:

User Config- Windows Settings- Folder Redirection- My Documents- then right click and select properties

Choose the basic setting- redirect everyone's folder to the same location

Then under target folder location, choose "redirect to user's home directory"

Yes, the folder has to be shared. You can always hide shares by placing a $ after the name. These hide the shares from everyone except admins so they won't show up in network neighborhood.
As long as you are not sharing from the root of your server, then sharing folders is perfectly fine. NTFS permissions provide excellent security to limit access.

You can limit access to the home directory folder to just admins and system. The correct permissions for the user's folders will be created automatically.
Correction to my post above...the dollar sign even hides the share from admins...but of course admins can still connect to it.

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