I have an Active Directory running on windows server 2008 R2.

Everytime a user logs on a Windows Computer it creates a home directory (C:/Users/$username).

I want that all Active Directory users have the same home directory.

I.e: user1, user2, user3...usern use "C:/Users/user" folder as home directory.

Is that possible?


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    Yes, it is possible, but why would you do it this way? Why wouldn't you just create a group policy to map a drive letter to this network share instead of making it their home directory? – Rex Jun 10 '13 at 16:19
  • Take a look at this question, and my answer. Everything I said about why doing this on a Unix system is a terrible idea is true for Windows as well. – voretaq7 Jun 10 '13 at 16:23
  • @voretaq7 what's even more "funny", is the same user asked that question. – Rex Jun 10 '13 at 16:42
  • @Rex , it´s not funny, we have Windows and Linux servers, so I need to know how to do it both ways. – hecstevez Jun 10 '13 at 18:19
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    @hecstevez the point is, you shouldn't do this on either platform. It's a bad idea. One the windows side, if they don't need home folders, don't set their accounts to use one. Use a policy to to create a mapped drive to the same location for all the users. – Rex Jun 10 '13 at 18:31

Since you are talking about the C:\users\%username% folder, you are talking about a users local profile directory. There are a few things you can do to here. A combination of the below things will give you something that is close to having a single local profile.

  • Setup folder redirection to have documents, desktop, favorites etc directed to a single common folder on a server or elsewhere.
  • Profile handling
    • Setup a mandatory profile, that applies to all users. A single profile is used by all users, but no modifications are permitted by users. All changes are lost at logout
    • Roaming profiles permit profiles per-user but they are copied to a file server of your choice and can be cleared off the local machines at logout.
    • Setup automatic deletion of roaming profiles.
  • Ty, let me try this and I´ll come back with results! – hecstevez Jun 11 '13 at 14:18

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