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Default location of user home folder

By longennamer ·
I have a Win2003 SBS server as a domain controller and another server as a file server. Since the domain controller was originally configured, the file server was replaced and has a new name. When we add a user in Active Directory, the wizard automatically tries to create the user's home foler in \\OldServer\Users\username. I cannot find where to change that default. I need to change it to be \\NewServer\Users\username.

Thanks,
elang

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by sean In reply to Default location of user ...

go to server manager and users then change you user template accordingly

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by johnnywatt In reply to Default location of user ...

Server Manager is from Windows NT Server. You will not find this on your Windows 2003 SBS.
Answer:
Please use these steps to correct your situation and to use your new file server for User's home directories for future use.
1. Launch the Users and Computers MMC Snap-in on your Domain Controller.
2. Manually open each user account and view their Profile tab.
3. Correct each user's Home folder entry manually for each user to the new file server (Example, \\NewFileServer\Users\JonesL, for a username of JOnesL), if you have not yet done this already.
4. Create an account that will be used strictly to COPY. This is designated as a template user account. For an example, create an account named Engineer-T. Give this user the appropriate Group membership as needed and Logon script. Under the Profile tab, use \\NewFileServer\Users\%username% for the Home Folder. Remember to replace NewFileServer with the valid name of your new file server.
5. Disable the account and use it strictly to Copy (right-click > Copy) the user when a you need to create an account.

Another method is to follow steps 1, 2 and 3 on the 3rd step, specify %Username% instread of their actual account name on each user's account. Many organizations use a template for easy account creations.

Thanks, remember to close this question is my answer works.
John

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by longennamer In reply to

Let me clarify. 'Add new user' wizard will create the user's folder and assign permissions automatically. But it is trying to create the folder on \\OlderServer\Users. I want it to create the users folder automatically in \\NewServer\Users.

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by ccthompson In reply to Default location of user ...

DO you mean to change it inside the installation? If so Im also curious.

If not, and you are just looking to change the path of the user home folder, that would be under the user properties of active directory. Then click the profile tab:

Under Home folder frame: Connect to (Drivename) then your path(\\newserver\users\%username%).

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by longennamer In reply to

Let me clarify. 'Add new user' wizard will create the user's folder and assign permissions automatically. But it is trying to create the folder on \\OlderServer\Users. I want it to create the users folder automatically in \\NewServer\Users.

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by rwhite In reply to Default location of user ...

I use SBS Server alot and here what is happening:
1.when you add a new user SBS uses "templates" to make it easy for the admin to make multiple users with the same "profile".
2. You will have to find the default template in the Server Management Console - user section and configure it or better yet make your own and customize it the way you want.

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