Set the User's Profile Information
For each user account you create on your network, you can set additional properties for
the user by right-clicking the new user and choosing Properties from the contextual menu. This
command brings up the User Properties dialog box, which has about a million tabs that you can
use to set various properties for the user.
(A user profile is a collection of settings for a user account. It is stored in the user's C:\Users\ folder.
It contains the account's settings and preferences along with the user's home directory in a subfolder called Documents.)
From the Profile tab, you can configure three bits of information about the user's profile information:
• Profile Path: This field specifies the location of the user's roaming profile.
• Logon Script: This field is the name of the user's logon script. A logon script is a batch file
that's run whenever the user logs on. The main purpose of the logon script is to map the network shares that the
user requires access to.
Logon scripts are carryovers from early versions of Windows NT Server. In Windows Server 2012, profiles are
the preferred way to configure the user's computer when the user logs on, including setting up network shares.
Many administrators still like the simplicity of logon scripts, however.
• Home Folder: This section is where you specify the default storage location for the user.
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• Set the User's Profile Information
• How to Harden a Server
• Basic Functions of Microsoft Active Directory
• How to Map a Network Folder in Windows 7
• What Are Windows Server Containers?
• Disable Kernal Paging to Speed Up Windows
• Retrieving Information from Computers Belonging to an Active Directory OU
• How to Reset Windows 7 Password
• How to Disable Windows Firewall in Windows 7
• A Handful of Useful Run Commands: calc, notepad, wordpad, voice recorder, control