A home directory (or "home folder" on Windows and Mac OSes) is a file system directory on a multi-user operating system containing files for a given user of the system.

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Set owner of new users home folder to user instead of BUILTIN\Administrators when using ADUC (on Windows Server 2008 R2)

In our AD, we create new users by copying a default user in ADUC. For the default user we specified a home folder using the %USERNAME% variable (mapped to H:): \fileserver\homes\%USERNAME% For new ...
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Empty homedir name when SSHing to localhost

I am trying to start a system (Hadoop, but that should not matter much for this question), and need to be able to ssh to localhost. I do this on windows with cygwin. The cygwin SSHD service is ...
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How to deny folder redirection for RDP to server

We have a few users running Windows 7 Enterprise. Group Policy does folder redirection for the Desktop and Docs. Users also have to log into a remote server frequently and do not want home folder ...
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How to set a specific directory location for individual MySQL database?

Is it possible to set each database in MySQL to use a separate datadir? I'm running a userdir development (sandbox) server and would like to put the MySQL data files for the database(s) for that user ...
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Upstart: running app from home folder

I've created two user accounts for two applications: mongod and node.js. Both of these store their data in their home folder. This keeps data "sandboxed" and prevents them from needing to be in the ...
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Using OSX home directories from linux

I'm running an OSX (Snow Leopard) Server with OpenDirectory, which is nothing else than a modified OpenLDAP with some Apple-specific schemas. However, I want to reuse this directory on some of my ...
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Cannot read/write FTP directory vsftpd on centos 6.0 (empty folder)

I have Centos 6.0 and installed vsftp with YUM, I added a user with Webmin panel, set its home dir to "/var/www/html" and its shell to "/bin/sh", user id is 500, user group is same as name: ...
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Default Home Folder Permissions on CentOS 5

Whenever I create a new user in CentOS 5, their home folder is automatically given the UGO setting of "755", how can I change the default to "700"? Also, the server is technically ClearOS, but it's ...
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Central “/home” using SSHFS?

The standard way to setup a central "/home" directory on a Linux workstation is using NFS. The problem is that I don't like the lack of real security in NFS. So instead I want to try to use SSHFS. ...
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OpenLdap synchronize home directory between client and server

I have recently setup Ubuntu ldap client authentication on karmic and lucid desktop clients and the ldap server is running on an 10.04 LTS server and this is the link I followed for client setup and ...
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.htaccess Allow owner of home directory only?

Suppose I have a home directory "~someuser/www" which Apache (maintained by someone else than me) exposes as http://www.myserver.com/~someuser . If I want to limit this directory to certain users, I ...
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How to setup Home Folders for 40 windows users

I am a developer (not a sysadmin) and need some help with best practices for setting up home folders. Currently, I have 40 users that save all their 'my documents' kind of documents on their local ...
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Windows Map to user home directory fails with %username% variable

I have a user johndoe with the following drive mapping in his login script (.bat file). net use y: \\myserver\users$\johndoe However, when I try to use a more generic mapping using the username ...
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CentOS 6: No separate /home partition

I do not want /home in a separate partition for a new CentOS 6 install. However, there no longer appears to be a "Review and Modify Partition Layout" in the text installer. How can I do this? EDIT: ...
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How to change local user home folder on Windows 2000 and above

I was using a local account on a Windows 7 desktop that is not connected to any Active Directory. After a while it was required to rename the local account. Renaming the account was simple using ...
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Apache doesn't serve home dir

I want to serve a home dir from apache but it's going to a permission denied error. I am using Ubuntu 11.04 with Apache2. The error in the log file is: [Tue Jun 21 15:55:34 2011] [crit] [client ...
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/home/vhosts/ or /var/www/

Some web servers I've come across use /home to store the site files: /home/vhosts/www.example.com/ Others use /var like: /var/www/www.example.com/ What's more clean and "Linuxy"? Should we all ...
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Should I encrypt my home directory (Ubuntu Server)? Case scenarios: Dev Server, Production Server, Desktop, etc

I did some searching and found that the biggest downfall is performance. How big is the difference between encrypted vs non-encrypted? What types of setups would you use it for and which wouldn't? ...
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FreeBSD - 'cd ~' takes me to /root instead of home directory

I just created a new user (I was logged in as root to do so) with the adduser utility. I gave the new user his own home directory. If I check the /etc/passwd file, it shows the users home folder is ...
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What permissions needed to map a drive in Win7 vs. XP?

We are transitioning from WinXP workstations to Win7. Our users have home directories set up as drive letter G:, assigned via Active Directory. The server is Windows Server 2008. We have a user that ...
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Disallow an user to go up in the tree with pure-ftpd

I added an user to pure-ftpd with adduser -h /blah user, using busybox. Unfortunately, he is able to go up in the tree and see the root folder. How can I disallow this ?
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Installing Nose into my home directory (without sudo)?

Is it possible to install Nose (http://somethingaboutorange.com/mrl/projects/nose/0.11.1/) into a subdirectory of my home directory on a Linux machine? (I'm not on the sudoers list for that machine.) ...
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How do I install PyYAML into local install of Python?

I've installed Python 2.6.4 into (a subdirectory in) my home directory on a Linux machine with Python 2.3.4 pre-installed, because I need to run some code that I've decided would require too much work ...
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Centralize authentication and user's home folder

We have about 7 Linux servers and from time to time we setup a new one... For each new install we have to create the same users and ask them to change their default passwords to new ones ... Plus for ...
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Pitfalls to using Gluster as a home/profile directory server?

I was asking recently about options for divvying up access to file servers, as we have a NAS solution that gets fairly bogged down when our users (with giant profiles, especially) all log in nearly ...
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How to do central home directories and user accounts on Ubuntu?

I need to set up a network of twenty Ubuntu machines and a server. As it is now, the users have local accounts on the machines, but I want to have centralized user authentication, with all user info ...
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Webserver HTML folder Permissions

I am running lighttpd and I have the root directory of my website in my user home folder. I would like to serve the website, but not allow other users on the machines to view my home folder or the ...
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Script to reset home directory permissons on a windows share

Has anyone used a script to reset the permissions on a directory of Home Directories? I'm thinking some combination of FOR loops and CACLS to add an inheritable Modify permission to a folder using ...
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Slow network-home-folder use, many spinning beachballs

Xserve with 10.4.11 connected to Xserve RAID via FC. 208GB of 1.82TB available. Xserve connects to HP 2848 Gigabit switch Xserve houses network-home-folders for 14 users. Clients (mac mini - intel ...
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Troubleshooting Networked Home Folder

In a Mac OS X Server (10.5.7) environment - I've got a user with a Network Home on the server that cannot log in from any of our client Macs. They cannot even log in locally to the server where ...
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Lab User Accounts

I work for a school division (K-12). While I am most interested in what works well on the Mac, Windows and Linux administrators must face the same issue and have analogous solutions. Most of our ...
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Is it feasible to have home folder hosted with NFS?

I'm planning to deploy some kiosk computers and would like to leave them with a small pendrive as boot disk, keeping the rest at an easy to back up server, ala LTSP. Right now I'm pondering two ...
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Mounting Linux user home directories on CIFS server

I was wondering about peoples experiences with mounting users home directories from an Active Directory authenticated CIFS server under Linux. Preferably the mount would be accomplished upon login ...
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Easy workflow for migrating home folders (from clients to OS X server)?

Let's say you have an office with 20 free range iMacs. One day they buy an Xserve to host network home folders. What steps would you perform to move their local accounts, and local home folders, to ...
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How do I change the default location for a users home directory in Vista?

I would like to move the default location of my c:\Users\USERNAME to another drive. What is the easiest way to do this and how? I know that I can move each of my "Special Folders" like Documents, ...