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    Big Problems after creating new Mandatory profile.

    I have followed the instructions on the wiki to create a new mandatory profile for the pupils in a primary school, but is causing me loads of grief.

    I created a user called StudentA and logged on and made changes to the profile i needed then copied the profile ( in the correct way) to the server. i then set te correct permissions on the share. The trouble have is that with certain programs when i choose save it tries to save the document in the 'StudentA' area and not the correct user area. If the kids try and browse up they cant as the do not have permission to go up to the folder higher.


    Why is it trying to default to 'StudentA' instead of the pupil?

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    When I create a mandatory profile, I setup a test user without a home drive. Only other network drives that user would have (which would be created through a logon script).

    Run all applications as appropriate, then logoff. Rename the NTUSER file to .MAN from .DAT and then move the profile to the server.

    Now logon as a regular user, who does have a home drive. Providing that user has full access to their drive (for example) \\servername\sharename$ with Full Control NTFS, the drive should be mapped successfully.

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Why is it trying to default to 'StudentA' instead of the pupil?
    Because there are some crap software authors out there!

    What ought to happen is that software uses "my documents" or similar. What often happens is that software hard codes a path to the save location and then it all falls to pieces.

    What we always do when the mandatory profile has been made is to scan through for any references to studenta and then replace them (eg the home drive is n:\ so if we find references to \\server\home\studenta then we replace it with n:\). This is time consuming and doesn't always work but is a good start.

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    If you used my method srochford you wouldn't have to do that at all. This is why (when creating a profile), the test user deliberately doesn't have a home drive.

    No home drive = nothing to remove afterwards

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