Trying to create a mandatory profile in Windows 2003

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2008-02-01

This client wants to set up a mandatory profile for a few departments.  AD is 2003 and clients are XP and W2K Professional.

Going back to the old days, here is what I did:

Created a shared folder on network (i.e. \\servername\mandatory)
Created a new user account
Logged into an XP machine with the new account
Made the desktop/shortcut settings I wanted
Logged off
Logged into that machine as a domain admin
went to control panel/system and selected advanced to see profiles
selected the profile created with the test user and chose "copy to

Now, here is where I run into an issue.  According to the KB articles, it says to "specify the UNC path where you want the profile stored, then hit OK and select "permitted to use" and add the user/group who is permitted to use this profile".....

If I follow those steps, after putting in the path and selecting "permitted to use" and choosing everyone (I even tried an individual user account), once I hit OK, I get the following error message

"\\servername\sharename the current folder alread exists.  The currect files will be deleted during this operation"

I hit OK, and then get this

\\servername\sharename directory could not be deleted.  Please delete the directory and retry ?????

I've tried it another time where I simpy put in the UNC path to copy the profile to without selecting the "permitted to use" field and sure enough, it copies the profile to the network..

I'm simply trying to create an easy profile to store on the network, then rename from ntuser.dat to but CAN'T

Question by:msadexchman
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    Expert Comment

    Instead of using \\servername\sharename

    use this:


    You need to have a sub folder in your shared folder for each user
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    Accepted Solution

    Here are the instructions from Microsoft for doing this:;en-us;307800&sd=tech

    Author Comment

    It just dawned on me that each user has their own individual user account, it's not like there is going to be one department sharing the same username.  So, do I have to created \username for each one?  or can I do \\servername\share\%username%
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    Expert Comment

    From the last sentence in the above microsoft link:

    "If the folder that you specify in the user profile path does not exist (in step 5 in the "Open and Configure the User Profile Name Form" section), it is automatically created the first time that the user logs on."

    So just type the name of what you want the folder to be (the user name) and windows will create it for you :)

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