Home folder which is also called netwok folder allows users to back up their files. Those files can roam around on any computer within the domain where user login.

Step 1: Create a folder in one of your hard disk drives

Create a folder in one of your hard disk drives

Step 2: Right-click the folder you created in above step and scroll the menu. Click Properties

Open properties

Step 3: Click Advanced Sharing.

Click on Advances Sharing

Step 4: Check the text box Share this folder. Click Permissions

Click on Permissions button

Step 5: Select Everyone under Group or user names and click Remove. When done click Add

Seöect everone and click on add button

Step 6: Search domain users by using Check Names button. When you found it select it and click OK

Search for domain users

Step 7: Allow full control from permissions for Domain Users

Add all permissions

Step 8: Open server manager dashboard and click Tools. Scroll down the menu and click Active Directory Users and Computers

Open Group policy management

Step 9: Select all the users you would like to set them up a home folder and right-click and scroll down the menu. Click Properties

Select all the users you would like to set up

Step 10: Open Profile tab and check the home folder. Provide a path in the format \\<MachineName>\<FolderName>\%username% and click Apply. Click OK

Open the profile tab

When a user logins to any domain joined machine will get a home folder.

How to Create Home Folder in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012 R2
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5 thoughts on “How to Create Home Folder in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    June 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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    Hi, on Windows Server 2016 the “End Users” folder not exist at “Active Directory Users and Computers”, can you help me?

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      May 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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      got to users in active directory users and computers. Click type at the top then scroll to all the users in the types Column, drag and highlight all the users you want this to apply to ( if you plan to do it for nearly all of them highlight all users and hold ctrl and click on any you don’t want such as guest and local administrator). Now right click and go to profile. Follow the rest of the instructions in the article and shown

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    February 26, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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    Thanks for the guide.

    how can I create this steps in Powershell?

    Thank you.

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    January 8, 2020 at 1:48 pm
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    Hello,

    If I add a home folder just like on this article, the domain users have access to the old home local folder and the new server based home folder? I ask this cause I need to migrate users with local home to server based home.

    Thanks!

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