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Home directories not mapping

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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have installed a standard 2003 server in the same domain as my 2000 server.  I did have one user with a home directory mapping on the old server before I added the 2003.  I now want to implement this for all users, but the mapping to the drive does not work.  I have set the home directory up in the profile tab of each user.  I am not using a login script, am using local profiles.  I can map the home directory manually for each user and it seems fine, but I would like for it to work automatically for users at login.  

The home directories are located on the 2003 server and share/file permissions seem to be fine for the respective user home directories.

What am I missing in this picture?
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I would check the obvious things first such as DNS, WINS and DHCP setups just to make sure everything seems fine.

It sounds like you have done evreything correctly though...

Do you have any Group Policies set up that could be causing a problem?


Jeff BeckhamEngineer

How are you defining the home directories for the user?  \\<server_name>\<share_name>\%username%?


I am defining the directories like \\<server_name>\%username%$.  The username and the share name are the same except for the $.


I am not running WINS, but DNS and DHCP are working normally from what I can tell.  I do not have any GPO defined, unless there are ones set by default.  My network has 25 client machines and two servers.

I am also trying to get a login script to run.  It used to run on the old server for one user.  I will try to see if that is related to my problem.
Check your share permissions.  Windows Server 2003 restricts share permissions by default to Everyone:R.  See:

Also, check your NTFS permissions to verify that the user's have been granted F to their individual home directories.

Here's an EE Q with the same solution:

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Can you try something else?

Create a profile folder and share that out, making sure everyone has full control on the share
Put your profiles inside this folder and change the profile paths to \\server-name\Profiles$\%username%
Then try a log on. Something is stirring in my brain that you have to do it this route on Windows 2000...not sure why though, I just remember reading something somewhere once.

If it doesn't work then in my defence I'll claim it must have been a dream ;op but I'm pretty sure that I'm right...for once. LOL!


The login script now works and the drives are mapping.  Two parts made the difference for me.  The first was that the rights administration are so different from Novell.  This EE Q # 21599563 was very helpful.  The second part that was missing in my puzzle was that I had expected the home directory to map by listing it in the profile tab.  Once I included the drive mapping "net use" command in a login script it all came together.  I used NET USE H:  /DELETE  followed by NET USE H:  /home /yes.  Since I am still working with Win98, W2K, XP desktops, I used these commands.  There probably is a GPO that could do the same, but the script was more familiar.  If someone has information on GPO methods that would do the same that would also be helpfull.

Thanks for all the help.

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