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Active Directory Management & Reporting

How to create Home folders for user accounts

Objective: To create home folders, in bulk, for user accounts in Active Directory.

Solution: ADManager Plus allows you can create home folders for:

Create home folders while creating new user accounts

  1. Click on AD Mgmt. tab.
  2. Go to User Management → User Creation → Create Bulk Users. (or) Click on Create Users under CSV Import.
  3. Select the Domain in which the new accounts have to be created.
  4. Click on Add Users if you wish to enter the values for user attributes one after the other or click on Import to import a CSV file with the list of all user accounts to be created along with the appropriate values for all their attributes. For example, for the CSV file should have the value as '\\admp-dc2\HomeFiles\%displayName%' for the homeDirectory attribute to specify the location of home folder for the users, with the users' display names as the folder names.
  5. Select the required user creation template. Click on Next.
  6. Select the container in which the user accounts have to be created. Use the Create New OU link to create a new container for the new user accounts to be created.
  7. Click on Create Users to complete the creation of user accounts along with all the required attributes including 'Home Folders'.

Note:

  1. To create a home folder on a network or shared drive, specify the required drive in homeDrive attribute and home folder path as '\\server\share\%username%' or '\\server\%username%' (to create a new share) for the homeDirectory attribute.
  2. The CSV file must have at least one naming attribute specified.
  3. Use the Create Single User option in User Creation and fill in the values for all the required attributes after selecting the appropriate template to create just one user account.

Create home folders for existing user accounts

a. Using CSV Import
  1. Click on AD Mgmt.
  2. Go to User Management → User Creation → CSV Import → Modify Users. Or, go to CSV Import → Modify Objects → Modify User Attributes.
  3. Select the Domain in which the required user accounts are located.
  4. Click on Import to import the CSV file which has the appropriate values in the column with homeDirectory as the header, to specify a path for the users' home folders. The value in the homeDirectory column should be in the following format: '\\admp-dc2\HomeFiles\%displayName%'. This will name the home folders for the user accounts with their display names as their home folder names.
  5. Click on Update to create the home folders for the users listed in the CSV file.

Note:

  1. To create a home folder on a network or shared drive, specify the required drive in homeDrive attribute and home folder path as '\\server\share\%username%' or '\\server\%username%' (to create a new share) for the homeDirectory attribute.
  2. The CSV file should have at least one naming attribute mandatorily, to identify the users.
  3. Use the Modify Single User option in User Creation to create fill in the values for all the required attributes after selecting the appropriate template to modify just one user account.
a. Using CSV Import
  1. Click on AD Mgmt.
  2. Go to User Management → User Creation → CSV Import → Modify Users. Or, go to CSV Import → Modify Objects → Modify User Attributes.
  3. Select the Domain in which the required user accounts are located.
  4. Click on Import to import the CSV file which has the appropriate values in the column with homeDirectory as the header, to specify a path for the users' home folders. The value in the homeDirectory column should be in the following format: '\\admp-dc2\HomeFiles\%displayName%'. This will name the home folders for the user accounts with their display names as their home folder names.
  5. Click on Update to create the home folders for the users listed in the CSV file.

Note:

  1. To create a home folder on a network or shared drive, specify the required drive in homeDrive attribute and home folder path as '\\server\share\%username%' or '\\server\%username%' (to create a new share) for the homeDirectory attribute.
  2. The CSV file should have at least one naming attribute mandatorily, to identify the users.
  3. Use the Modify Single User option in User Creation to create fill in the values for all the required attributes after selecting the appropriate template to modify just one user account.
b. Using set 'Profile Attributes' option
  1. Click on AD Mgmt.
  2. Go to User Management → Bulk User Modification → Profile Attributes.
  3. Select the Home Folder option.
  4. Based on your requirement, provide a local path or a network drive for the home folder.
  5. Select the Domain and OU in which the required users are located.
  6. Specify the users whose home folders have to be moved using the CSV Import option. You can also locate the required users through the search option.

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