In Windows Server 2003, it's possible to assign each user on a terminal server a unique home folder. Home folders allow admins to easily back up user files and manage user accounts by collecting the user's files in one location.
Assigning a home folder to a user makes it possible to store the user's data in a central location on a server, making backup and recovery of data easier and more reliable. A home folder can be set up either on the local server or on a central location on the network.
To make sure that the program information is stored separately for each user in the multi-user environment, follow these steps to specify a home folder for different users on a terminal server.
- Go to Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools
- Select Active Directory Users and Computers.
- Expand the domain node in the console tree and select the Users folder.
- Double-click the user account that needs to be assigned the home folder.
- Click on the Terminal Services Profile tab.
- If home folder is on local server, click Local path, and type the path of the profile.
- If the home folder is on a network share, click on Connect and select a drive to connect, and then type the network path.
- Click on the OK button.
It's also possible to assign users home folders using the
- Go to Start -> Run
- Type 'cmd' in the dialog box which takes you to command prompt.
- Type the command: "net user james /home:\\server\jamesdata" where 'james' is the name of user who is assigned to folder 'jamesdata' on the server.
About the author: Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He has also worked for various software firms in testing and analytics, and also has experiences deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.
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This was first published in November 2006