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    Re: How do you do user shares?

    One share for each year. Group Polcy set to redirect 'My Documents' to user folder. Also creates user folder if one not already in existence. There is a KB on Microsoft's site on how to set up the security settings on the share to stop pupils seeing other's folders, but to keep Administrator access open:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288991/en-us

    I know setting up home folders is the traditional way with a windows server, but I prefer this way and I've never had any problems with it. I would be interested to know the benefits of using home folders over this method though.

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    User Shares - performance costs (benefits?)

    Are there any costs/benefits in performance, from having many shares like 1 per user for home dirs compared with having few shares on a server and using subdirs of a share for users' homes?

    In a similar vein, are there any reasons not to have many security groups to facilitate tailoring users' environments?

    I remember in earlier times being given dire warnings against having too many or too long ACLs in NT and against having large numbers of subdirs especialy in the root directory. I guess these worries have long since disappeared in the enormous increases in RAM and processing speed. But network response times still seem to be an issue, so I like to know the price I am paying for any changes I make.

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    With the one share per user is the share creation automated via a script of some sort?

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    Share creation

    Here, Ranger does this for me (option tick box.)
    Previously I used a script, but did not have individual shares, so I'm not sure how I would do this. I guess adding a Net Share line to the script would do the necessary, but I've never used the Net Share command.

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    For pupils I create a root folder called Students or Pupils, then create subdirectories. Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 etc... I then have a small utility which creates folders from a text folder (very handy) and I then use Autoshare to share the folders:

    Code:
    \\servername\username$

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