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Posted on 2009-04-19
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What is local path setting on the profle tab used for?
Question by:PPIHXD
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It's usually used for nondefault profile paths on terminal servers. So instead of c:\documents and settings\user you'd set it to d:\profiles\%username%.
Never get's used these days though, more of a relic from nt4 days imho
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mass2612 earned 150 total points
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Its really used for roaming user profiles. I agree that is was used more in the past but a lot of people still use them. Its basically great for user if they need to move workstations, etc it pulls all their profile information such as desktop shortcuts, IE favourites etc to which ever computer they log onto in the domain.

Using roaming user profiles

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So, I could use this box to change the default profile path of terminal server users?
Isn't the Profile Path on the Terminal Services Profile tab used for that?

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Hi dj_relentless:
You are correct about it changing the default path.
But, I was considering possibly using this to setup home folders for XP client users.

Hi, mass2612

Through your link I found this link:


According to this link, It seems I could change the defaut profile local path of  client (XP, I hope) machines.
I'll have to give this a try tomorrow.

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Look for a group policy(or script) solution, you really want to minimize administrative overhead in the future.

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After some research and some experimenting, it seems that the local path setting is just a way to create a secured folder structure on the system drive or an alternate drive or partition.
This folder structure could then be shared and implemented as private home folders in a roaming profile scheme, and/ or a way to simpify data backup, etc.

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