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Re: [K12OSN] OT: easy way to move "documents and settings" folder?

Sorry if I'm being a little slow here but aren't all the folders in doc's & settings controlled by one section of the registry ??

What we do is alter the location of My Doc's at login by using a login script that just alters the following in there registry

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

My doc's is the key called "Personal" so I have a kixscript that does this

   ;*         - Alter My Documents -        *
$ikey="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" IF (WriteValue($ikey,"Personal",$mydocs,"REG_SZ") <> 0) ? "Update error MyDocuments @error: @serror"
$ikey="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" IF (WriteValue($ikey,"Personal",$mydocs,"REG_SZ") <> 0) ? "Update error MyDocuments @error: @serror"

where $mydocs = there P: drive (why P:, p for personal :-) )

If you look at the Samba How to they have a whole section on "Folder Redirection" have a look at this




Something we also do is to use poledit to remove all files except for "favourites" (could alter registry to store this on there P: drive) from the users profile and delete profiles as they logout so keeping what's held in there roaming profile to a minimum.

If you'd like a complete copy of the login.kix script let me know.


Doug Simpson wrote:
For teachers, they will learn after their "profile" disappears a few times to put their stuff in their H drive.

For students, we had linux/samba set up and I had my samba server set up so that their profile was stored on the server but as soon as they logged out, samba deleted the server copy of their profile. Then, we had DriveShield (similar to DeepFreeze without the lockup problems) installed and once the computers were rebooted, they came back clean. . .(no local profiles, either) MAJOR space saver!!!!!!on the server and the workstation.

If you would like assistance with setting this up in samba (the client-side stuff is a different animal) let me know and I can give you pointers and examples to make ti clean those wasteful profiles off the server at least. Then you can decide how to handle the client-side cleanup.


Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
De Queen Public Schools
De Queen, AR
simpsond leopards k12 ar us

Huck <dhuckaby paasda org> 9/19/2007 12:24 PM >>>
Huck is of no use here as well...sorry :(
I only know of the other because when using Samba with roaming profiles...when staff members put all of their files in My Documents(the default location)...their login and logout times stretch over a millennium it seems...and for some reason they do NOT listen when you request/explain/ask/nudge/encourage them to save to the NETWORK drive(s).


Jim Kronebusch wrote:
On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:07:29 -0400, Rob Owens wrote
Jim and Huck, thanks for the responses.  But I want to move not just "My
Documents", but the entire Documents and Settings folder.  The reason is
that things like temporary internet files, etc. are filling up the very
small C drive on my terminal server.  Users are instructed to save all
of their "stuff" on a network drive anyway, so My Documents doesn't
actually take up much space.

Also, to be clear, I'd like to set it up so that all new users get their
settings put in d:\documents and settings\username

Ahh, my apologies.  I misread your original email which was very clear in stating you
wanted to move Documents and Settings. Can't say I can help you there.

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