where do I point a users Home folder for Roaming Profiles?


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Kelvin

I'm trying to setup Folder Redirection for the My Documents folder in
Windows XP Pro with a 2003 server.
In my user Properties, on the Profile tab I set the Home folder to Connect
U: to \\Server\UserData\UserName
In my GPO on the Target tab I have, Settings "Advanced- Specify locations
for various user groups" selected.
In the Security Group Membership I have, Group "DomainName\Domain Users" and
for the path it shows \\%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%
My My Documents Icon is mapped to \\Server\UserData\UserName. Obvoiusly I
have something wrong.
Is this "Home folder to Connect U: to \\Server\UserData\UserName" what I
have wrong?
Should I make it "\\Server\UserData\UserName\My Documents"?

In this case is the Home folder referring to the My Documents folder? I'm
guessing it does.
I was thinking it would create a My Documents folder off the root of the
users directory, but it look like not.

Now for those that I want to setup roaming profiles for I believe I would
set in User Properties the Profile Path to "\\Server\UserData\UserName"

Thanks

Kelvin
 
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Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

Kelvin said:
I'm trying to setup Folder Redirection for the My Documents folder in
Windows XP Pro with a 2003 server.
In my user Properties, on the Profile tab I set the Home folder to
Connect U: to \\Server\UserData\UserName

You don't need to use a home directory; that's kind of antiquated nowadays.
I don't use them. See "How to dynamically create security-enhanced
redirected folders by using folder redirection in Windows 2000 and in
Windows Server 2003"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274443
In my GPO on the Target tab I have, Settings "Advanced- Specify
locations for various user groups" selected.

No - you want "basic - map everyone to the same location" - and pick "user's
home directory" if you're using that. Or, pick basic, and then "create a
folder under the parent share" (I'm paraphrasing) and enter
\\server\userdata only

In the Security Group Membership I have, Group "DomainName\Domain
Users" and for the path it shows \\%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%
My My Documents Icon is mapped to \\Server\UserData\UserName.

That's because you set up a home directory mapping. If you get away from
that, in your login script you can map a drive -

net use u: \\server\userdata\username\My Documents" /persistent:no
Obvoiusly I have something wrong.
Is this "Home folder to Connect U: to \\Server\UserData\UserName"
what I have wrong?
Should I make it \\Server\UserData\UserName\My Documents?

None of the above :)
In this case is the Home folder referring to the My Documents folder?
I'm guessing it does.

Not necessarily - although you're wanting to set both as the same.
 
K

Kelvin

Thanks for the input!

I have a couple more questions.
If I'm going to redirect, Application Data, Desktop and Start Menu, would I
used basically the same setting as I used in redirecting My Documents?

With these four folders redirected, is there any reason to enter a "Profile
path" in the users profile?
What if any information needs to be entered into the users profile?
Profile path
Home folder

I think this is going to be a much better way to do this, when I get it all
in place...

Thanks for your time.

Kelvin

"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
 
K

Kelvin

I thought of another question.
What do you set in the Settings tab in the Group Policy?
Grant the user exclusive rights?
Move the contents of ... to the new location

Thanks

Kelvin



"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
 
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Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

Kelvin said:
Thanks for the input!

I have a couple more questions.
If I'm going to redirect, Application Data, Desktop and Start Menu,
would I used basically the same setting as I used in redirecting My
Documents?

Yes, although I don't do Start Menu myself. Your PCs would need to be
running totally identical software to make this work.
With these four folders redirected, is there any reason to enter a
"Profile path" in the users profile?

Yes, if you want to use roaming profiles and know what you're about :)
What if any information needs to be entered into the users profile?
Profile path

Used only if you use roaming profiles.
Home folder

Not necessary.
I think this is going to be a much better way to do this, when I get
it all in place...

Thanks for your time.

No problem....
Kelvin

"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
You don't need to use a home directory; that's kind of antiquated
nowadays. I don't use them. See "How to dynamically create
security-enhanced redirected folders by using folder redirection in
Windows 2000 and in Windows Server 2003"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274443


No - you want "basic - map everyone to the same location" - and pick
"user's home directory" if you're using that. Or, pick basic, and
then "create a folder under the parent share" (I'm paraphrasing) and
enter \\server\userdata only



That's because you set up a home directory mapping. If you get away
from that, in your login script you can map a drive -

net use u: \\server\userdata\username\My Documents" /persistent:no


None of the above :)

Not necessarily - although you're wanting to set both as the same.
 
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Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

Kelvin said:
I thought of another question.
What do you set in the Settings tab in the Group Policy?
Grant the user exclusive rights?

No, I don't do that.
Move the contents of ... to the new location

Yes.

Also, decide what you want to happen when/if the policy is removed - either
leave the data in place or restore it to the local profile folder. I do the
latter for Desktop and Application Data and "leave in place" for My
Documents. You can do it differently if you like.
Thanks

Kelvin



"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
You don't need to use a home directory; that's kind of antiquated
nowadays. I don't use them. See "How to dynamically create
security-enhanced redirected folders by using folder redirection in
Windows 2000 and in Windows Server 2003"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274443


No - you want "basic - map everyone to the same location" - and pick
"user's home directory" if you're using that. Or, pick basic, and
then "create a folder under the parent share" (I'm paraphrasing) and
enter \\server\userdata only



That's because you set up a home directory mapping. If you get away
from that, in your login script you can map a drive -

net use u: \\server\userdata\username\My Documents" /persistent:no


None of the above :)

Not necessarily - although you're wanting to set both as the same.
 
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