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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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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HALP! I've inherited a permissions nightmare for redirected folders/home directories

My new employer has folder redirection setup for its hundreds of users, and the person who set it up didn't really know what he was doing. As a result, the best practices for permissions on ...
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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, ...
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Share /home between datacenters

I have two servers, placed at datacenters in holland and france. Both are running Debian Wheezy. I need to share /home between them, with good performance. There are 300-something users on the ...
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Managing access to multiple linux system

A searched for answers but have found nothing on here... Long story short: a non-profit organization is in dire need of modernizing its infrastructure. First thing is to find an alternatives to ...
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SSH home directory per subdomain

I'm wondering if it is possible to set different home directories for the same ssh user for each subdomain. So let's say you login with ssh myuser@example.com your home directory will be: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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NTFS Permissions for root share that houses Home Directories Windows Server 2008 R2

I am using the AD Profile Tab to Auto create Home Directories at \server\home so the permissions are automatically created. What should the permissions (NTFS) be for the actual folder that the home ...
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Starting a mysql server in my ${HOME}?

I'm not root on my server (linux) and this server doesn't currently run a mysql server as a daemon. Can I start a mysql daemon that would only work for my account and where the data/files would be ...
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Replacing folder redirection with work folders

I am currently building a lab to get familiar with Microsoft's new "Work Folder" feature. I am looking for a way to abandon folder redirection and offline files. So far I have one Windows 7 client ...
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It is fair to jail my SFTP users to their home directory?

roots. I'm running an Ubuntu 9.04 (home) Server on my LAN. I currently use it to store little web apps, photos, some subversion repository and stuff like that. My (few) users are friends of mine and I ...
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Allow users to install certificates in their home directory?

Usually SSL certificates are installed system-wide (e.g. in /etc/ssl/certs). Is it possible to configure OpenSSL in a way that allows user to put certificates in their home directory (for example in ...
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How to tell start-stop-daemon to update $HOME and $USER accordingly to --chuid parameter

I'm trying to run a service that uses $HOME and $USER environment variables. I could set them in service itself, but that would only be a temporary solution. Let's say I have a script test.sh with ...
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Changing Network Path of Offline Files

Many of our users have their Home folder set as Available Offline. Their Windows 7 laptops will not be back on our network for a few weeks. In the mean time, we're setting up new servers and ...
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Best practice for defining user “HOMEDRIVE” “HOMEPATH” “HOMESHARE”

Is it considered a best practice to map domain users' "HOME" environment variables to a network path? If so, why? By "HOME" variables, I am referring to: %HOMEDRIVE% %HOMEPATH% %HOMESHARE% This ...
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Open directory, external NFS file shares and automounter

This may be a big one. I've set up Open Directory on Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) with users to allow everyone on the network to logon to any client with these centrally stored users. Before this ...
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Finding home directory of all users

I'm a software dev suddenly finding myself having to play SysAdmin. Recently, I was given a box previously administered by somebody else, and this SysAdmin kind of just did what he wanted. My ...
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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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Difference between Roaming profiles, User Profile, Home Folder, and Redirected Folders?

On the network where I work, it appears at various times people have had roaming profiles, user profiles, redirected folders, and home folders. What are the purposes and differences between these? ...
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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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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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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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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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Automate new AD user's home folder creation and permission setup

I know if we setup a base folder or a profile path in the Profile tab of an AD user, we can copy it and the folder creation and permission setup will be automated. My problem is that not all my users ...
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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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Set Windows share as network home for AD-joined Mac users

we've been seriously scratching our heads on this issue for the last few days. It's now time to ask other professionals on possible solutions for this. The situation and what we're attempting to do: ...
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Add a Home directory for already created user when no direct root login available

I have a user account provided by client with unrestricted sudo access, but this user has no home directory. I want to create one, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I tried logging in as my ...
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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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Linux tmp-like dir in home folder?

I'd like to make a folder in my GNU/Linux home directory that behaves somewhat like TMPDIR (usually /tmp or /var/tmp); that is, a folder that deletes its contents on reboot or after they've started ...
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How to automate directory creation on NFS-Server?

I created and configured a test-environment of 3 virtual machines: A FreeIPA server which provides krb5-authentication A NFS-Server using server 1 to secure itself A client that automounts home ...
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Server 2012 - Home Folder Share Permissions

I'm trying (without success) to get help with setting up User Home Folder\Directory permissions on server 2012. What I would like to know is what permission do I need so that each user can access ...
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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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Giving UNIX system services access to restricted user home directories

I need to restrict the permissions of user directories in /home so that, for some accounts, other users can not read files or cd in to them. But I still need to give system services access to them. ...
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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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.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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Using Powershell to bulk change the Home folder path of AD objects - %username"?

I have done a lot of searching on this, and still cannot find the answer. I have created a script which will bulk move all user objects in one OU to another OU. This works fine. Now I am trying to ...
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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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How can I get DSADD to assign home folder of newly created user account?

I use the following command to create 15 user accounts: FOR /L %i in (1,1,15) DO dsadd user "cn=Grade 6 Student %i,ou=Accounts Student,OU=School Name, dc=curric,dc=schoolname,dc=wan" -samid g6%i -upn ...
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What happens if /home directory gets 100 percent usage / Debian

My question is pretty simple but another opinion would be nice. We have Debian [2.6.18-6-686] machine, /home is mapped like this df -h | grep home /dev/mapper/local_disc-home ...
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eCryptfs on ubuntu server : How to keep the home mounted without being over ssh?

I have a daemon program who need to read in a file who is saved somewhere in my home folder. But every time I close my ssh connection, this daemon can't read the file because it appear that eCryptfs ...
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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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how to put users' private data on separate partition in Windows 7

I am going to install Windows 7 on a machine in some days time. I wanted to know if it is easy to separate the OS data from users' data (/users in Windows 7, I believe) on separate partition during or ...
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windows active directory profile regional

we are an organization with 40k users. This organization is composed of multiples structures. We have one single forest Active Directory with flat DIT. We want to keep this AD in order to ...
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How exactly does the home folder mapping in 2003 AD work?

I'm trying to troubleshoot an issue with a user's My Documents not being mapped to a network location as it should be. Most of the user have their AD account set to have H as their home folder and ...
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Is using the AD home directory attribute to map the home drive really no longer a best practice?

I have read some articles that claim that using the Active Directory user home directory attribute to automatically map the home drive is a legacy method, deprecated, or not recommended. The second ...