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Mandatory profiles in win2k domain

By paulgwarren ·
I am trying to create a mandatory profile for a couple hundred of users. I have XP client and Win2k server. I have tried creating a profile on local machine and then coping back to the server as defined in MKBA 323368 to no avail. Nothing remains constant in the profile when logging on as another mandatory user. I need at least printers, homepage and desktop to be identical.
Any Ideas?

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by philldmc In reply to Mandatory profiles in win ...

I tried the same exact thing you are wanting to do. I found no answer. Windows XP wants a new profile for each and every single user.

The way I worked around the isses was to create a local profile exactly the way I wanted it, desttop icons, printers, etc. Then I copied that profile to the "Default User" account on the local machine. Every user that signs on to that work station will get that profile.

This works great for a computer lab, all the workstations are the same helps. I am not sure if this is the answer you are wanting. If you do find an answer please email and let me know.


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Thanx for the quick response but I aware of this work around, but the time it will take doesn't make it cost effective.
Thanks again.

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by dayflea In reply to Mandatory profiles in win ...

You are almost there. What you need to do is log on with a user ID and then log off. On the server, wherever the user profile is stored, locate the NTUSER.dat from this logon and rename this to This has then created the mandatory file necessary to have a rivong profile. Ideally, you need to create OU's for this to work, with the users "moved" from the standard users container within Active Directory Users and Computers to their "Group" OU. You also need to set the location of their profile to the location where the .MAN file is situated.

Hope this helps!

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