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Mysterious user profiles under documents and settings

Posted on 2009-04-30
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Hi,

At a branch office we have a DC and acts as their file/print server. I have noticed folders appearing under documents and settings for people that are at other branches and the same branch, but whats weird is they are not admins, just normal users. I have checked remote desktop settings, and local admins, and just the correct admins are in there. When I open the profile folders they do not have a desktop or mydocuments folder. Any ideas on why these folders are being created? It is only on this server we are having the problem.
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Hi,
That is typically what you see when a user can access a share on a domain
computer and encrypt files in that share. The computer then creates the
profile for the user and impersonates the user to request an EFS certificate
to store in that profile. The user would need write access to the folder in
order to encrypt the files and the encryption attribute would need to be
enabled on a folder in the share. So I would start by checking that out. You
can use the cipher command to check for encrypted folders on a computer. By
default on a domain controller regular domain users would not have write
access to any default share and the only share they would see is the sysvol
share.  If you have audting for account management enabled on those domain
controllers you might find events recorded in the security log that may give
an idea what is going on. The user profile creation date may also be
helpful.

HTH
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