On occasions, it may be necessary for an administrator to copy a defined User Profile to several users or to a group of users, which will present each of them with an identical initial profile for their first logon, which they will then be able to modify as required.
To create a Roaming Profile:
- In the System tool in Control Panel, click User Profiles, and then select an existing user profile.
- Change the type of profile by clicking Change Type. Select either Local or Roaming. Select Roaming.
Now to make them all the same:
- In Control Panel, double-click the System icon.
- Click the User Profiles tab.
- Select an existing local or roaming profile that you want to copy.
- Click the Copy To button.
- Under Copy Profile To, specify a UNC path to the user's profile folder, for example:
In Network Neighborhood, select the user's profile directory.
- Click Change in Permitted to Use to select the user that will be permitted to use this profile.
Note that if you are using a Windows 2000-based computer, verify that you are not choosing users or groups from a Windows NT-based domain because Windows 2000 is designed to use Active Directory to select domains.
- Click OK to copy the profile.
- Click OK to close System properties.
- The user's account will then have to be updated to reflect the path of the roaming profile. This is done in User Manager. Double-click the appropriate user's name.
- Click Profile, and then type the UNC path from step 5 for the User Profile Path. Click OK.
After the user has successfully logged on, the profile will be saved on the server as a Roaming Profile, and any profile changes will be saved to the server.
This was first published in September 2001