windows 2003 home folders through active directory


I am trying to use the home folder option on a windows 2003 domain. I want to use active directory, and a logon script to map it home. I do not want to use group policy unless absolutely necessary.

I have the active directory user profile tab set to connect to the appropriate path. I Shared out the user's folder with correct permissions.

The logon script properly maps the home directory:

My next question is, how do I get the workstations to send the documents folder etc to this directory, and use it as the actual profile home folder?

It does not appear to automatically target the profile to this directory just by configuring the profile tab of the user account in active directory, although none of the guides mention having to do an additional step.

Do I actually need to go into the properties of my documents (xp), and tell it the target location?

I am thinking so, but why do none of the guides or videos mention this step. They all just tell you to go in and set the home folder connection path in active directory.
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Mike KlineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
To have folders like documents to the home folder you will have to set up folder redirection (group policy).  Setting up a home folder just maps a drive for them but doesn't put anything there automatically.


jkocklerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mike.

So what's the point of having a home folder option if it only maps a drive, is it just to avoid having to write a logon script to map a drive?
Mike KlineCommented:
Yes to avoid having to do a login script.  We use them where I am and another advantage is that we backup the home folders.  We tell the users to save important documents to their home drive as their workstations are not backed up.


SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
See this as already suggested you need  to configure folder redirection policy If you want to redirect my document  to home folder.Below links will be helpful to set the same.
jkocklerAuthor Commented:
Folder redirection is something different though. You don't need to specify a profile for the user account in active directory. You just need to apply loop back policy on folder redirection, and specify the folders to redirect to.

Look at this article from Microsoft on creating roaming profiles, which I think is more what I'm talking about. It never tells you to do anything other than configure the profile tab, which falls in line with what I'm reading everywhere else:

To create a roaming user profile for a user that has a local profile
Open Active Directory Users and Computers.

Click the domain and the OU where the user account resides.

Right-click the appropriate user account for which to set a roaming profile, and then click Properties.

Click the Profile tab, and type the profile path information in Profile path (for example, type \\Server\ShareName\UserName).

I mean what gives with this seemingly incompelete information? Anyone reading that article is going to do just that, and nothing will happen when the user logs on. Is this just an egregious area that no one has bothered to document complete instructions on, or am I missing something?
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