Group Policy Home folder

Posted on 2004-11-13
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I searched and searched and all i find is folder redirection for mydocumnets folder. What i would like to do it to use group policies to create home folders instead of going to every user's profile and type the path for the home folder... Is there a way to do this. I really need this asap. it would save me alot of time. thank you
Question by:comtekn
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    In ADUC, you can highlight several users at once and change the home path for all of them. Simply enter \\SomeServer\Home\%UserName% (assuming the home drive resides on SomeServer, the home root is shared as Home, and the home folders are named like the user name).
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    I did it that way and it works. but does anyone know how to do it through group policy. lets say you have users in different OUs and just want to do a domain policy . but for now I will take your answer. thank you for the quick response
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    There's no policy for that, sorry; the home folder is a user property, so a group policy wouldn't make much sense.
    In case you want to do some management by scripting, you might want to know about the new ds-tools:

    The new command-line tools for Active Directory in Windows Server 2003

    HOW TO: Use the Directory Service Command-Line Tools to Manage Active Directory Objects in Windows Server 2003
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    WHile this will have no effect on current users, there is a best practice for this; No GPO, sorry, but...
    Create a generic account, add it to the correct groups, and add the home folder per oBdA. Configure to taste, then disable the account.
    From there forward, use that account and copy it to the new user, rather than create a new account. THis is the same thing, but the user already has the membership needed, and the \%username% will force it to create a share in the proper location. This also has the benefit of setting the proper permissions, both NTFS and file share.
    While this doesn't fix your immediate need, it does insure you don't need to fix it again.
    Good Luck!

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