Setting a User's Profile Attributes






Setting a User's Profile Attributes

Problem

You want to set one or more of the user profile attributes.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface
  1. Open the ADUC snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, right-click on the domain and select Find.

  3. Select the appropriate domain beside In.

  4. Beside Name, type the name of the user and click Find Now.

  5. In the Search Results window, double-click on the user.

  6. Click the Profile tab.

  7. Modify the various profile settings as necessary.

  8. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

You can update a user's profile attributes using either DSMod or AdMod. DSMod uses the following syntax:

	> dsmod user "<UserDN>" -loscr < 
ScriptPath> -profile < 
ProfilePath>
	-hmdir <HomeDir> -hmdrv <DriveLetter>

AdMod uses the following syntax:

	> admod b "<UserDN>" <attribute>::<NewValue>

Using VBScript
	' This code sets the various profile related attributes for a user.
	strUserDN = "<UserDN>" ' e.g. cn=jsmith,cn=Users,dc=rallencorp,dc=com
	set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & strUserDN)
	objUser.Put " 
homeDirectory", "\\fileserver\" & objUser.Get("sAMAccountName")
	objUser.Put " 
homeDrive", "z:"
	objUser.Put "profilePath", "\\fileserver\" & _
	            objUser.Get("sAMAccountName") & "\profile"
	objUser.Put "scriptPath", "login.vbs"
	objUser.SetInfo
	Wscript.Echo "Profile info for " & objUser.Get("sAMAccountName") & " updated"

Discussion

The four attributes that make up a user's profile settings include the following:


homeDirectory

UNC path to home directory


homeDrive

Drive letter (e.g., Z:) to map home directory


profilePath

UNC path to profile directory


scriptPath

Path to logon script

When you set the homeDirectory attribute, the folder being referenced needs to already exist. For an example on creating shares for users, see MS KB 234746.

See Also

MS KB 234746 (How to Create User Shares for All Users in a Domain with ADSI), MS KB 271657 (Scripted Home Directory Paths Require That Folders Exist), and MS KB 320043 (How to Assign a Home Directory to a User)



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