Home drive profile goes to the parent folder rather than the user

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Jackie Dunning, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. We are in the process of migrating to Active Directory from Netware. We had
    a consultant come in and create a folder called "Users". Domain Users have
    All rights to that folder. Then, we created subfolders for each user
    account. For example, Mary Smith's account would be "msmith" and her user
    folder is named "msmith$". Inheritance is broken, and only admins and the
    specific user has rights to the user directory.

    For some reason, some Windows 2000 workstations (not all), do no map the H:
    drive to the specific subfolder, but instead to the "Users" folder. So, when
    Mary gets on her computer, under her H: drive, she can see "bjohnson$",
    "tpeters$", "msmith$". She cannot browse inside those folders she does not
    have access to, but the view is not the one we were hoping for.

    It is not a rights issue, or a profile issue. We have tested this with
    administrator users, who log on to a "bad" machine, and they see the same

    The machines are all IBM workstations, but they are not the same build
    series. Some that are the exact same model and type and were purchased at
    the same time do not have these issues.

    I'm sure there is just a little reigistry setting, but finding the
    particular one is not likely. Any help would be appreciated.
    Jackie Dunning, Mar 16, 2005
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  2. Jackie Dunning

    Cleve S. Guest


    I believe your problem is an inability of those workstations to "map deep".
    Win9x and NT4 could only map a drive to the share, not to a folder within
    the share. That was changed with Win2k. There is a registry setting to
    make Win2k work like NT with regard to mapping deep. I tried doing a quick
    search on this subject but didn't come up with anything quick. I've got to
    get home to walk the dog, but I'm sure that's your problem. This link may

    Let us know what you come up with.

    Cleve S.
    Cleve S., Mar 16, 2005
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  3. I checked that out. None of the impacted computers has any registry setting
    there, and none of the ones that work have a registry setting there. Like I
    said, it seems to be on a workstation level, as the group policies are set on
    the server, and the same person can be okay on one machine but not another.
    Thanks to your input, I did find the right keywords to use.

    I found the following, but it seems to require a support call to Microsoft.

    I did try Windows Update on these computers, but that did not help. But,
    sometimes the special hotfixes don't get incorporated into the general
    updates. I will try to call Microsoft later today.
    Jackie Dunning, Mar 18, 2005
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