This step-by-step article describes how to create a roaming user profile. Roaming user profiles provide the user with the same working environment, no matter which Microsoft Windows NT-based computer to which the user logs on.
Creating a roaming user profile
Creating a roaming user profile is a two-step process: creating a test user profile and then copying the test user profile to a network server.
Creating a test user profile
In this procedure, you create a test profile for the roaming user:
- Create a user account to act as a test user account. For example, create an account named Sales Profile.
- Log on as the test user account. A user profile is automatically created on the local computer in the c:\Winnt\Documents and Settings\username folder.
- Configure the desktop environment, including appearance, shortcuts, and Start menu options.
- Log off, and then log on as Administrator.
Copying the test user profile
In this procedure, you copy the test profile to a network server:
- Create a folder on a network drive in which you can store network profiles. For example:
- In Control Panel, double-click System, and then click the User Profiles tab. Under Profiles Stored On This Computer, click the profile that you want to copy, and then click Copy To.
- In the Copy Profile To dialog box, type the network path to the folder. Under Permitted to Use, click Change.
- Add the appropriate user, and then click OK.
- In the folder that you created on the network, rename the file Ntuser.dat to Ntuser.man if this is a mandatory user profile.
- In User Manager for Domains, double-click the user account, and then in the User Properties dialog box, click Profile.
- In the User Profile Path box, type the UNC path to the network profile folder. For example:
Windows 2000 does not support the use of encrypted files with roaming user profiles.
Article ID: 302082 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 3.2
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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