Adding users to Server 2003 domain

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Roaming Profiles
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server User Profiles
I have 50 or so new users to add to the domain (small high school situation.) we use roaming profiles so that students can log in to any of the lab computers (using XP Pro). Using AD, I set up the first user, using a login script, mapped drive Z to her documents folder. I tested the login and it worked fine. So I copied her account to set up the remaining accounts, simply changing names/passwords. But none of the copied ones work - when I test them I get a message "Cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile" and log in is with local profile only. I tested another account - deleted it, and created it from new. It worked. Why can I not copy these accounts so they work? Any ideas, please?
ASKED: June 11, 2009  3:45 PM
UPDATED: August 6, 2010  6:09 AM

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You need to change the location of the roaming profile. When you copy the account, it also copied the roaming profile path which the new user would not have access to.

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  • Dwiebesick
    Fist I would highly recommend reading Dan Holme’s Windows Administration Productivity Solutions for IT Professions. This is the best resource I have found for user data management. Having said that, have you considered Group Policy to accomplish this? That would be Microsoft’s recommendation. With folder redirection, the OS sets up the folder permissions and you don’t have to. Folder redirection then ‘moves’ the My Documents to the users ‘space’ on the server. You could use Home Folders in their (Active Directory Users and Computers) Profile, assigning drive letter Z. This method requires you to set up the folder permissions. Using home folders does not redirect their My Documents; it gives them a Drive Letter for the ‘server storage space’ to do as they please. You can use folder redirection and home folders to accomplish data management. I have customers that will no do folder redirection; leaving My Documents (includes My Music, etc) on the local computer and use home folder to give the user ‘server storage space’. The users can then use My Documents for local, non-critical, non-backed up, storage, especially for My Music, My Pictures; the stuff that some people just have to have. You could consider using the %username% variable which maps to each individuals name. I would use only logon scripts for special purposes. If you have 2003 R2, I also suggest you look at Access Based Enumeration (ABE).
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  • Fromhyderabad
    our is a engg college, we are using windows 2003 enterprise edition server, we installed oracle 10 g server and in clients oracle 9i forms and reports(66 nos). we want to give 50 Mb space to each user and the programs need to be stored in server by user account and how to do it. its not compulsory that users has to sit at one place.so how to see users folders and programs in it . any answer
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