SBS 2003 Failure to create user profile directories and My Documents
Posted on 2006-04-18
I have a problem with a SBS 2003 installation. As usual, the OEM vendor only gave a small amount of free space on the boot drive, so after creating a couple of admin users, the Users Shared Folder was moved to another drive.
Furthers users were added but the wizard said it could not create the users home directory and quota.
It turned out that was a problem with permissions and the share name on the moved Users Shared Folder (the share name has to be 'Users').
On correcting that, the wizard created new users withouth complaint, with the users home directory being created in the moved Users Shared Folder, but the user profile directory containing all the usual User directries such as [My] Documents, Application Data etc can not be found, presumed never created. The user can log in and out on the workstation, but it seems that the workstation profile files are not written back to the server (no events in the eventlog indicating failure either).
I guess that the wizard is still trying to create the users profile somewhere else and failing, perhaps in the original. but now deleted Users Shared Folder directory.
Getting back to basics, I presume the location for the user profile directory creation is stored somewhere in the wizard config or indeed in the active directory but I am not familiar with active directory to know where to look (I presume its like the registry).
Any help in getting this installation of SBS back into shape would be appreciated.