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# DSADD USER  & Home Directory Folder Creation

Posted on 2006-11-24
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When using the DSADD USER command there is the option to specify the homedirectory value.  Does the exact location have to exist prior to running the DSADD USER command or should it generate the location based off of what is specified in the command?  At the moment, the account is generated properly in AD and all properties are filled properly by the command.  However, it is not generating the users home directory within the homedirectory share.  I'm just wanting to make sure on whether or not it should be creating the folder for the user when running the DSADD USER command.  I have not been able to find any documentation stating anything other than being able to specify the option in the command syntax.

Here is what I am doing so far..

I have a share called 2008$and the homedir path for the user would be \\server\2008$\%username%, with %USERNAME% being the true samAccountName.

Here is my "dsadd user" command that is being run.
dsadd user "CN=2008 User,OU=2008,OU=Students,DC=Alpha,DC=local" -samid 2008.User -upn 2008.User@Alpha.local -fn 2008 -ln User -display "2008 User" -pwd rWNy5DCp -mustchpwd No -hmdir \\alpha-dc-1\2008$\2008.User -hmdrv M -memberof CN=Students,OU=Students,DC=Alpha,DC=local 0 Question by:wpgatrel [X] ###### Welcome to Experts Exchange Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters. • Help others & share knowledge • Earn cash & points • Learn & ask questions 2 Comments LVL 31 Accepted Solution Toni Uranjek earned 50 total points ID: 18011862 Dsadd will not create user home folder and this behaviour is by default. Further more, %username% should be replaced with$username$. %username% will return username of user which executes dsadd command, which is not usefull. And at the end apparently dsadd has a bug, if you use proper syntax you would end up with same folder for all users: \\severname\sharename\$username$. :) However, with dsmod user the switch -hmdrv works fine if you use it with proper syntax: \\severname\sharename\$username\$.

Because Windows 2003 Active Directory Users and Computer allows to edit the same property on multiple objects I would suggest taht you select all user accounts, right click, select Properties and the go to Profile tab, select checkbox Home folder, select Connect to M:, enter \\servername\sharename\%username% and click OK. All users home folders will be instantly created. Of course shared folder should be prepared in advance.

And just of curiosity what is the point of hidding shared folder?
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The %username% was just stuck in as a variable in my example.  The true login would be in it's place when the command would be run.

I understand that a mass propery change would work, was just looking for a way to get around it.

The reason for hiding the shared folder is to keep users from browsing the network and seeing it in the shared folder list for the server.
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