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  • How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

    I need to change the location of the user profiles on my TS, i dont use roaming profiles because it takes to much time to log on, and i tryed to edit the registry in:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ProfilesDirectory but it doesnt work!
    i had no luck finding other soluthions... so please help

    thanks

  • #2
    Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

    Have you tried the Properties of the user, in Active Directory Users and Computers?
    You can give a path to C:\ drive, for instance, and it will create a new profile in the new place.
    Last edited by sorinso; 9th November 2007, 21:08.

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    • #3
      Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

      yes i did try that but it only puts a copy of the profile in the specified location...
      it doesnt remove the one from c:\documents and settings.
      it just takes to much space on the system drive, i need to move it to another partition.

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      • #4
        Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

        It isn't supposed to delete the old one. It should only create the profile in the new location.
        I did this a long time ago, and I don't recall if it copies the existing profile or creates a new one, based on the Default User. And I would check in System Properties -> Advanced -> User Profiles how the computer sees the profiles (if in their new location or not). See the attached screenshot.
        You can move all your users to a new location and then wipe the remaining folders from C:\Documents and Settings.
        Last edited by sorinso; 9th November 2007, 21:08.

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        • #5
          Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

          sorinso hi,
          i tried what u sugested and it didnt work... it just ignores the new configuration. it keeps creating the new user profiles in the c:\document and settings...
          maybe im missing something, some additional cofiguration?
          if u know how to change the profile path localy it would also help.
          thanks

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          • #6
            Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

            To fully test the process, I would create a new user and change the Profile Path to the location I need.
            Only after that, login with the new user. And check what happened to his profile.
            This is what you did? Is not, what actions did you take?
            I will make some test on one of my VMs and let you know.

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            • #7
              Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

              Actualy that is just what i did and it didnt help... is it possible to mount drive D to the documents and settings folder? will it help in any way?
              thanks for checking, anyway tell me if it works for u.

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              • #8
                Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

                Thats it, its fixed
                i changed the path in the registry and this time i remmembered to copy the default user profile too.
                well thanks for all the help!

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                • #9
                  Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

                  OK, it looks like you are right: I changed the profiles' path in user's properties. I logged in. It created the folder in the path I gave, but it created the folder in Documents and Settings too. And when I checked the System Properties -> Advanced -> User Profiles -> Settings. the profile was shown Roaming.
                  So, it looks like you get to dive into the Registry too...
                  Today was a good day. I learned something new
                  Good luck.

                  Sorin Solomon


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                  • #10
                    Re: How do i change the path of user profiles on a Terminal Server?

                    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]

                    "Cookies"="H:\\SYSTEM\\Cookies"
                    "Desktop"="H:\\SYSTEM\\Desktop"
                    "Favorites"="H:\\SYSTEM\\Favorites"
                    "Personal"="H:\\My Documents"
                    "My Pictures"="H:\\My Documents\\My Pictures"

                    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

                    "Desktop"=hex(2):48,00,3a,00,5c,00,53,00,59,00,53, 00,54,00,45,00,4d,00,5c,00,\
                    44,00,65,00,73,00,6b,00,74,00,6f,00,70,00,00,00
                    "Favorites"=hex(2):48,00,3a,00,5c,00,53,00,59,00,5 3,00,54,00,45,00,4d,00,5c,00,\
                    46,00,61,00,76,00,6f,00,72,00,69,00,74,00,65,00,73 ,00,00,00
                    "Personal"=hex(2):48,00,3a,00,5c,00,4d,00,79,00,20 ,00,44,00,6f,00,63,00,75,00,\
                    6d,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,73,00,00,00
                    "My Pictures"=hex(2):48,00,3a,00,5c,00,4d,00,79,00,20, 00,44,00,6f,00,63,00,75,\
                    00,6d,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,73,00,5c,00,4d,00,79,00 ,20,00,50,00,69,00,63,00,\
                    74,00,75,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,00,00
                    "Cookies"=hex(2):48,00,3a,00,5c,00,53,00,59,00,53, 00,54,00,45,00,4d,00,5c,00,\
                    43,00,6f,00,6f,00,6b,00,69,00,65,00,73,00,00,00

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