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When I make a server a domain controller what name should the user account have in 'Documents and Settings'?

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I just made one of my servers a domain controller.  After I rebooted and logged in to the new domain as the Administrator I was expecting to find a new folder in 'Documents and Settings' called 'user.domian' but the server is still using the folder called 'user.computername'.  Whenever I join a computer to a domain the 'user.domain' folder is normally created and that is what I was expecting on the domain controller but didn't get.

What is the normal and expected behavior in this situation?  I am worried about this because some of the most annoying problems that I have had in the past are related to user settings.

Thanks,

Todd
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This is the expected behavior for the first DC a forest...though I've never understood the rationale behind it.
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Ok.  That's what I was hoping since it means that I can move ahead . . . even if it doesn't really make sense.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Todd
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Just a quick FYI...

With a bit of research it does make sense.

When using EFS (Encrypting File System) the local Administrator account is the default Data Recovery Agent and the private keys for data recovery are located in the local Administrator's profile.  When a server is promoted to a DC the rights and roles of the local Administrator account on DCs are moved to the domain-level "Administrator" account and the profile does not change to preserve any Data Recovery Agent private keys if EFS is in use on the system.
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CharliePete00,

Thanks for the extra info.  I see why it is done that way now.  Its nice to know that it is the normal behavior for sure and have some rational behind it.

Todd
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