Batch Process to Create and Grant Access to Home Directories

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When administrators need to create large numbers of users and corresponding home directories, the task can be simplified by using a batch process rather than creating each home directory individually through Windows NT File Manager or Windows NT Explorer.


Here is an example of a batch process that will create the home directory and the share, and will assign permissions. This example uses RMTSHARE, from the Windows NT 3.51 Resource Kit.
   md c:\users\<username>
   rmtshare \\<HomeServer>\<username>$=c:\users\<username>

         /grant <username>:f /grant administrator:f
         /remove everyone

NOTE: There are two commands here. The first command starts with md. The second command starts with rmtshare, and should be on one line in the batch file.

The first command creates the directory for the user where <username> represents the user. An environment variable could be used here to represent the user. Usernames could then be pulled from a list of users created by ADDUSERS -D, for instance.

The second command creates the share on <homeserver>. The dollar sign ($) at the end of the user name share name creates a hidden share. The /GRANT switch gives full control to the user <username> and full control to the administrator account. The /REMOVE switch removes permissions from the Everyone Group. Again, the user could be respresented by an environment variable.

NTFS permissions could be modified in the same batch process through the CACLS command.

The syntax of the RMTSHARE command is:
 RMTSHARE \\server
          \\server\sharename=drive:path [/USERS:number | /UNLIMITED]
                               [/GRANT [user[:perm][ /GRANT user[:perm]]]]
                               [/REMOVE user]
          \\server\sharename=printername /PRINTER [/USERS:number | /UNLIMITED]
                               [/GRANT [user[:perm][ /GRANT user[:perm]]]]
                               [/REMOVE user]
          \\server\sharename [/USERS:number | /UNLIMITED]
                               [/GRANT [user[:perm][ /GRANT user[:perm]]]]
                               [/REMOVE user]
          \\server\sharename /DELETE

NOTE: If a sharename or path contains spaces, it should be enclosed in quotes: \\server\"with space"="c:\with space"


Article ID: 155449 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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