Vista SP1 logging onto 2K3 AD - no home folder

By rfdswa ·
Here's hoping someone can shed some light on this bizarre problem;

Problem: The users home folder as indicated in AD does not map on Vista Business client with SP1. (e.g. //server/users$/username)

Description: You can map the 'home folder' manually without any problems it just won't map on login. Everything else appears to be fine, no related errors or warning in the event logs and 'gporesult' indicates all clear.

- 2003 AD / Native Dom Func lvl = 2003
- No significant events on AD servers
- Client = Vista Business SP1
- No errors related to AD/GPO or network on Vista or XP clients
- XP Clients map 'home folder' on login without problem
- GPO "Wait for network" set to enabled
- No DNS issues or problems
- No replication issues between AD servers

Side note: Some XP clients have been plagued with losing other drive mappings during login periodically as well which are done through an additional vbs script during login. To date this problem has been considered to be a 'ghost in the shell' since it is extremely random and there are numerous clients where it has never happened. Again nothing obvious in the logs anywhere. You can run the vbs script from the client and it will work everytime.

I am well and truly at the end of my sanity so any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Check your script

by Jacky Howe In reply to Vista SP1 logging onto 2K ...

e.g. //server/users$/username

should be

e.g. \\server\users$\username

This day and age I would be using this.
Client Document Redirection

On the Server click Start and open Server Management, click on Users and in the right pane you will see, Configure My Documents Redirection. Click on it and if you have setup a standard install select the first choice and click OK.

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Typo in post - not script

by rfdswa In reply to Check your script

Thanks True Blue,

The typo was in my post and not the script. However thanks for the response and suggestion. What your referring to is easy in SBS but just a wee bit more of a problem in a enterprise environment.


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Check this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Vista SP1 logging onto 2K ...

How to assign a home folder to a user

Assign a home folder to a user from the command line
You can use the net user command to assign a home folder to a user from the command line. For example, at the command line, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
net user tester /homedir:\\server\tester$
This command assigns the tester$ hidden shared folder on the server to the user Tester.

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