General discussion

Locked

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

By Tmiller3 ·
Very Simple Novice Question I know....
When setting up a user, under the profile Tab, I can specify a home directory on the server with an assigned drive letter. Is this supposed to assign that drive letter to this user when they log on? Will it work with W98 clients, or just NT clients (not working when I try on W98 client)? Or perhaps my question should be: Can I have a drive automatically mapped to a W98 user regardless of what computer they are on? Thanks for any and all help

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

by Daniel C. In reply to Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ ...

No, NT will not automatically assign the drive letter to the win98 user (nor to NT clients either).

What you can do is to either use an NT login script to map a drive letter to your win98 client, or just map it manually and have it "reconnect at logon"

Using a script is a little bit involved, and so I will only describe the manual method.
1) let's assume you've already shared the home directory (for example, you call the directory "HOME", and your server is called "SERVER"); I assume you've created the user account on the NT server.
1a) I also assume that you've already successfully logged on to the NT server from your windows 98 computer.
2) in win98, under 'start'->'run', type in "\\SERVER".
3) assuming your network works, you will see a list of shared resources, including the directory 'HOME'
4) right-click the 'HOME' directory and select 'map network drive'.
5) select the drive lette that you want and check the 'reconnect at logon' box.

Collapse -

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

by Tmiller3 In reply to Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ ...

logon script I found on Q137979 (before 2nd post to this question). It's actually quite simple. It also indicates that if you are on an NT workstation, simply putting the drive to connect to in the users profile will indeed make that drive letter available on the workstation. Anyway, thanks for posts

Collapse -

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

by Tmiller3 In reply to Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ ...

Going to leave this open for a couple of days. What is the use for the "home directory" if it will not automatically assign the drive letter that you set in user profile settings?
Also, if anyone feels like detailing the logon script talked about in the first response, it would be very nice. Thanks for the posts!

Collapse -

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

by dheupel In reply to Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ ...

You need to have:

1) a home directory path defined in the user profile
2) a share defined on the server with permissions set so that the user can see it
3) a logon script file located in <drive>\winnt\system32\repl\import\scripts
4) directoryreplication enabled

A sample script file would read:

NET USE H: /HOME

The /HOME is an NT environment variable. This will map the H drive letter to the path defined in the user's profile.

The benefit for setting up home folders for users is that users can copy their important data files up to the server for disaster recovery purposes.

Look at the following MS knowledge base articles for more detailed info:

Q100843, Q102907, Q137979, Q139449

Collapse -

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

by Tmiller3 In reply to Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ ...

Yes thank you. I took the time to look for myself and found exactly what you say here. Thank you for the post!

Collapse -

Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ W98 clients

by Tmiller3 In reply to Home Directory - NT4.0 w/ ...

This question was closed by the author

Related Discussions

Related Forums