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Home Folder and Profile Path?

Just wanted to know the difference between the home folder and profile path in the user accounts profile tab in ADUC.

Can both have the same UNC path to a share or folder and accomplish the same thing?
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The profile folder contains settings unique to the user (desktop, application data, my documents, etc). The home folder is a network folder that is mapped to a particular user. You can map them to the same folder, but users may have a tendancy to delete things they find in their home folder that they don't recognize and that would damage their profile. So I'd set them to different locations.
A home folder is the users U: drive, while profile is for the users roaming profile.
You do not need a roaming profile if the users only have one PC that they use.

To answer your question,  They can be the same path, but I would store the profile in at least a subfolder.

ie, U:\roamingprofile
The home folder technology is really left over from Windows NT era, and is used as the user's location for storage of documents and other data files. I wouldn't put the profile inside their home folder, use a separate server share for that purpose to which the user's cannot easily access. (I.e. Hide the share with a $ dollar sign after it)

To be honest, with W2k3, it is much better and easier to manage if you use Folder Redirection for the major profile shares, in conjunction with Roaming Profiles. In this setup the folders you redirect data to MUST be different to the location of the roaming profile for any effect to be observed.

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