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Last Updated: 16 Sep 2003

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There are generally two configurations for providing
Home Directories:

• Subfolders under a common root folder
• Individual Hidden Shares

The advantage of the former is that NT4 will create the
structure for you automatically, when you create a user
account in User Manager for Domains, including the file
permissions (User:FULL CONTROL)

The advantage of the latter, however, is that no-one
will be able to see anyone else's folder, and they won't
have to hunt about when looking at their Home Directory
in Windows Explorer.

Which option you choose, is up to your particular tastes,
but I prefer the latter.  To make things easier, you
can use scripting to generate the folders, shares and
set the permissions.

If you don't to use shares, but you still want to mimic
the Home Directory functionality that exists in Novell
(where users are only permitted to see what they have
access to) then you need to set some special permissions
on the root of the home directory, as well as each of
the folders.


• Additionally, in Windows 2000 and above, you have the
  ability to map remote resources below the share level,
  so you can gain the benefits of the second solution
  with the ease of the first, if you have all Win2K or
  WinXP clients.

• There are a whole lot of scripts below which handle
  things from setting shares and home directories, to
  helping you migrate your file server from one server
  to another one.