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Change a user's Terminal Services profile path

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To change a user's Terminal Services profile path

Using Group Policies (best practice)

  1. Choose from the following:

    • For a domain user account, from a Domain Controller, open Active Directory Users and Computers.

      In the console tree, right click the domain node, and then click Properties. In the Group Policy tab, double-click the Group Policy object, or click Edit.

    Important

    • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

    • For a local user account, open Group Policy.

  2. In the Group Policy console tree, click Terminal Services under Computer Configuration.

    Where?

    • Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Terminal Services

    Important

    • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  3. Double-click the Set path for TS Roaming Profiles setting, and then click Enabled.

  4. In the Profile path box, type the path for Terminal Services roaming profiles, and then click OK.

Important

  • You should thoroughly test any changes you make to Group Policy settings before applying them to users or computers. For more information on testing policy settings, see Resultant Set of Policy.

Using Terminal Services Extension to Local Users and Groups

  1. Choose from the following:

    • For a domain user account, open Active Directory Users and Computers.

      In the console tree, expand the domain node, and then click the folder in which users are located.

    Important

    • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

    • For a local user account, open Computer Management (Local).

      In the console tree, click Users.

    Where?

    • Computer Management/System Tools/Local Users and Groups/Users

    Important

    • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  2. Double-click the user whose profile path you want to change.

  3. On the Terminal Services Profile tab, under Profile Path:, type the new path to the user's profile, and then click OK.

Notes

  • To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers. This procedure works only if the server has been promoted to a domain controller.

  • To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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