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    We have deployed a thin client set up in our office with the server HDD having partions C and D. Be default windows 2003 server has been installed in the C drive, which however is much smaller the the D and the C drive has been kept only for windows and software/applications.

    At present when a user logs in for the first time, his profile, etc. is created by default under "documents and settings" in the C drive.

    To conserve the limited space on the C drive, we want that this user folder is created not in :\ but D:\.

    Any help would be much appreciated.


  • #2
    Re: creation of user folders in D:\ instead of C:\

    Create shorcuts. For example, if Small Business Server creates \\servername\users\username move the folder username to D: and create a shortcut called username in \\servername\users\ and point it to the share on D: that has the user's folder.

    I recently had to do this on an SBS network were I added a Dell PowerVault NAS and moved all the users folders off the SBS server and to the NAS server.

    With SBS, the process is not automatic for new accounts. If I create a new user using Server Manager I have to manually create the shorcut and move the new users folder to the NAS server.

    Is this what you might be after?
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    • #3
      Re: creation of user folders in D:\ instead of C:\

      There may be a GPO tweak but I'm not the GPO expert here. There is a registry value that should work. Experiment with:

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList]

      The default valuie is:

      "ProfilesDirectory"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00 ,74,00,65,00,6d,00,44,00,72,\
      00,69,00,76,00,65,00,25,00,5c,00,44,00,6f,00,63,00 ,75,00,6d,00,65,00,6e,00,\
      74,00,73,00,20,00,61,00,6e,00,64,00,20,00,53,00,65 ,00,74,00,74,00,69,00,6e,\


      "ProfilesDirectory"="%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings"

      Change to D:\Documents and Settings and see if it cures your issue.


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