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Change Administrator profile path Windows 2003 Sever R2

Posted on 2009-05-14
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Hi All,

I have a server connected to a domain. I need to change the Administrators profile folder from C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.KINDERTONS to C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator. I know it is stored in the registary, but is there a proper way to change it?
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by:oBdA
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It's certainly possible, but why would you need to change it?
Do NOT, never, ever, rely on a user's profile being in "C:\Documents and settings\%username%".
If you want to access the profile folder in a script, use %Userprofile%, which always points to the correct profile path.
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by:marc_butler
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Im setting up a DR server with DFS replication.

I need the Administrators profile to be the same path as the server im copying from or it will delete the admin profile on the DR server.

Marc
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by:oBdA
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What's the folder on the "source" server, and what's the current one on the "target" server?
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by:marc_butler
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Hi oBdA,

The folder on the source server is C:\Documents And Settings\ and the folder on the target server is C:\Documents And Settings\.

Im just trying to copy like for like. The problem is on the target server the administrators profile is differant from the source.

Marc
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by:oBdA
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I actually meant the administrator's profile folder under D&S, not the profile root ...
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by:marc_butler
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The folder on the source server is C:\Documents And Settings\Administrator\ and the folder on the target server is C:\Documents And Settings\Administrator.KINDERTONS\.

So I need to change the target PC admin path to \Administrator\ so it match's the source.

Marc
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by:oBdA
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And there's probably already a folder "Administrator" on the target server which belongs to the local "Administrator" account?
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by:marc_butler
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That would be correct.

But I dont know what the local folder is on the source server. Dont think it has one.

Marc
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marc_butler earned 0 total points
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Hi oBdA,

Ive fixed the problem by changing the ProfileImagePath - REG_EXPAND_SZ value for the Domain version of the administrator logon. Registry path follows;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Marc
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