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JSI Tip 5223. How do I set up Home folders for user accounts in my domain?

Home folders and My Documents collect many of a users files in a single location.

In Windows 2000, the My Documents folder is an alternative for Home folders, but it does not replace them. When a user opens or saves a file, many programs determine whether to use the Home folder or the My Documents folder. Some programs, like Microsoft Office programs, first look in the Home folder for files that match their extension. If the file is NOT found, then the My Documents folder is opened. Other programs may totally ignore the Home folder.

To set up Home folders:

1. Create a folder on the server, <Drive:>\Home.

2. Right-click the folder and press Properties.

3. On the Sharing tab, check Share this folder and press Apply and OK.

4. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

5. Right-click the user account you want to configure and press Properties.

6. Select the Profile tab.

7. Check the Connect radial button and select a a drive letter.

8. in the To box, type \\ServerName\Home\%UserName%. This will create the Home folder and grant Administrators and the user name Full Control permissions.

See Home directories and My Documents.

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