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How do you create home directory or default folders for users every time one is added to AD users container or any OU container for that matter?
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When an AD user is created, regardless of what OU the object is in, you can create a home folder for that user using the following process:

1.) Open Active Directory Users and Computers.  This is an administrative utility used to manage AD, and can be installed on any Windows 7 box by downloading and installing Remote Server Administration Tools(RSAT) from Microsoft's site, or it can be installed on Server 2008 machines by adding 'AD DS and AD LSD Tools' as a Feature through Server Administrator.

2.) Either browse the directory and find your user object, or use the 'Find' feature.

3.) Go to the Properties of your user object, go to the 'Profile' tab, under the Home Folder section, enter the drive letter that you want mapped as the home directory, and the UNC path to the share that will host the home directory.  You can also use the %username% variable when creating the home folder: \\server\share\%username%
This will create a folder with the same name as the username of the user object
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Here is a good Microsoft article about home folder creation, along with some ways to automate it... specifically using a batch file:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320043

The following example creates a user that is named tester, with comment, password expiration, home directory, and profile path configured:

NET USER tester /add /comment:"Example Account for User"
/expires:never
/homedir:\\zippy\%username%$
/profilepath:\\zippy\profile

There are also ways to do it with Powershell and the Task Scheduler... you could write a PS script that would search for all users in a specific OU, check to see if they had a home directory defined, and if not, create one for them... most, if not all of that could be done using the 'Get-ADUser' and 'Set-ADUser' cmdlets.  If you need to look at the file system with PS, use the Get-ChildItem cmdlet... lots of documentation and examples can be found for these 3 PS cmdlets with a quick google search
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