Homedirectories, Profile maps, Folder redirection

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Dec 30, 2011
So I am new to this forum, new to Microsoft Server products and today I setup my first Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Standard.

I followed a toturial on how to setup Active Directory and DNS. Then I setup DHCP, which all work properly. Also for school, I had to make a bulk import, and with help from a youtube tutorial I made it to work and have now a Active Directory filled with users in there devision maps.

What I wanted to do now was giving each user a homefolder, profile map etc.
So I began to read on the internet, searching and watching tutorials, but I just don't understand the difference between folder redirection / profile maps / homefolders what they do etc.. However I learned to assign a homefolder and profile maps, but also don't understand the right security and policies.

Can someone help me with this? I want to have this done before I join my client to this domain.
FQDN: DC001.Testdomain.com
NETBIOS: TESTDOMAIN

Hardrives: 1st: OS 2nd: DATA and shared with following folders: Homedirs and Profiles (shared name: Homedirs$ and Profiles$).

Thanks!
 

ICTCity

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Switzerland
Hi,

It's quite easy, trust me!

Folder redirection: let's say that you don't want yours users save their docs on their desktop, what you can do? You can ask them, but they will never stop to save docs on their desktop... so... after a month or two, they come and say: "Ehiiii my computer is so sloooow when I turn on my pc!" Then you see that the desktop folder has a size of XX Gb. To prevent this, you can easily redirect the desktop or any other folder. Just create a new redirection rule which points to DESKTOP and redirect somewhere. What I usually do is to redirect the documents and images folders to the personal disk (mapped disk for that user).

Profile maps: well... where the profile will be stored. If not specified, it will be stored locally on computer.

Home folder: basically is the same as the property of active directory user, you can specify the "default" disk mapped for that user.

I never use home folder, I use scripts which are (for me) more flexible.


To create a simple profile folder, do the following steps:
1) Create on your 2nd disk a folder called PROFILES (or whatever you want)
2) Select ALL THE USERS you want to add a profile path (SHIFT + CLICK)
3) Then on PROFILE MAPS or PROFILE PATH (depending on where are you setting this), write this: D:\Profiles\%username%
Be sure to write %username% this will set the correct name for all users, otherwise you must do this manually!

Now, when a user login, in D:\Profiles\ you can see a folder with the username and inside there's the profile.

Almost the same thing for personal folder/disk:

Create D:\PersonalFolders\
Add the property in AD for all users: D:\PersonalFolders\%username%
Now you have two choices, you can manually create the personal folder (for the profile is created automatically, for the personal folder no...), or you can do this with a script, but as long as you are learing, I will not tell you how to do this... there are many examples on internet!

If you need help... I'm here :)

bye
 
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Thank you ICTCity, I understand now.
I think its better that you understand then how to do it alone.
With your help I was able to get alot of things done already!
 
Joined
Dec 30, 2011
I am so sorry, but thats not what I meant. What youve done was excellent I meant that I think its good that I not only know how to do it but also understand what I do when I do it.
 

ICTCity

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Location
Switzerland
ahhhhhh ok :) no problem :)

Anyway, you are in test environment so... TEST! You must try everything you want because in a productional environment you cannot do that!

Enjoy :)
 
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