- A Windows NT Server 4.0-based computer (that meets the requirements listed on the Hardware Compatibility List [HCL]) that is a primary domain controller must be available on the network when you configure the user account.
- If you decide not to store roaming user profiles on the primary domain controller, an additional Windows NT Server 4.0-based computer must be available on the network.
To create a shared folder to store roaming user profiles:
- Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Windows NT Explorer.
- Click the drive on which you want to create a shared folder to store roaming user profiles.
- On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder.
- Type a name for the new folder, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: Typically, the folder that is used to store roaming user profiles is called "Profiles". However, you can assign any name that you want to the folder.
- Right-click the folder you created in step 3, and then click Sharing.
- Click Shared As, type the name that you want to assign to the shared folder in the Share Name box, and then click OK.
NOTE: The Profiles folder is commonly shared as "Profiles."
- Quit Windows NT Explorer.
To configure a user account to use a roaming user profile:
- Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools (Common), and then click User Manager for Domains or Active Directory Users and Computers for Windows Server 2000 or for Windows Server 2003.
- Double-click the user account to which you want to assign a roaming profile, and then click Profile.
- Type the complete path to the shared folder that contains the user's profile in the User Profile Path box, and then click OK.
Use the following format for the user profile path:\\server_name\shared_folder_name\user_profile_folder_name
For example, if you want to store the user's roaming profile in a folder that has the same name as the user account in a shared folder that is named "Profiles" on a server that is named "Server1," type the following path:\\Server1\Profiles\%username%NOTE: Windows NT automatically replaces the %username% variable with the user account name when it creates and accesses the user profile. When you use this variable, you can type the same path for all users.
- Click OK, and then quit User Manager for Domains or Active Directory Users and Computers.
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Article ID: 316353 - Last Review: Jan 7, 2008 - Revision: 1