The path must include a common share at one level above the home folders. For example, you might specify \\Ant\Home\%username% for the policy to create home folders on the share Home on the server Ant. The path such as \\SERVER\%username% is not valid.
When this check box is cleared, the policy allows home folder paths and names that differ from the path and name prescribed by the policy.
If you want to configure the policy so that it not only sets home folder properties on user accounts in Active Directory but also creates or renames home folders and home shares in accord with the policy settings, you must keep the Create or rename home folder on file server as needed check box selected (this is the default setting). If the check box is cleared, then the policy can only set or verify home folder properties on user accounts in Active Directory.
NOTE: For more information about the Home Folder AutoProvisioning policy configuration options, see How to configure a Home Folder AutoProvisioning policy earlier in this chapter.
If you want to configure Active Roles so that setting or changing home folder related properties on any user account in any managed domain does not result in an attempt to create or rename a folder on a file server, then you can use the Active Roles console to modify the built-in Policy Object:
If you have any other Policy Objects containing policies of the Home Folder AutoProvisioning category, then you need to configure them as appropriate: select or clear the Create or rename home folder on file server as needed check box in each of those policies depending on whether or not Active Roles should attempt creation or renaming of home folders for user accounts that fall within the scope of the respective Policy Object.
Another scenario may require that Active Roles should create or rename home folders for user accounts that are outside a certain scope (such as a certain domain, organizational unit, or Managed Unit), whereas creation or renaming of home folders should not be attempted on user accounts that fall within that particular scope. In this scenario, you need to ensure that the Create or rename home folder on file server as needed option is selected in the built-in Policy Object. Then, you have to create and configure a Policy Object containing a policy of the Home Folder AutoProvisioning category with the Create or rename home folder on file server as needed option un-selected, and apply that Policy Object to the scope in question.
When creating home folders, Active Roles operates in the security context of the service account under which the Administration Service is running, so the service account must have sufficient rights to create home folders. Normally, the service account has administrative rights on an entire file server, which enables Active Roles to create home folders in any folder on any network file share that exists on that server. The Home Folder Location Restriction is used to restrict to a certain list the network file shares and folders in which Active Roles is authorized to create home folders.
The Home Folder Location Restriction policy determines the folders on the network file shares in which Active Roles is allowed to create home folders, and prevents Active Roles from creating home folders in other locations. The restrictions imposed by this policy do not apply if the home folder creation operation is performed by an Active Roles Admin role holder (normally, these are the users that have membership in the Administrators local group on the computer running the Active Roles Administration Service). Thus, when an Active Roles Admin role holder creates a user account, and a certain policy is in effect to facilitate home folder provisioning, the home folder is created regardless of the Home Folder Location Restriction policy settings.
By default, no network file shares and folders are listed in the policy. This means that Active Roles cannot create a home folder unless the user management operation that involves creation of the home folder is performed by the Active Roles Admin role holder. In order to allow delegated administrators to create home folders, you have to configure the policy so that it lists the folders on the network file shares in which creation of home folders is allowed. You can do this by using the Active Roles console as follows.
To configure the Home Folder Location Restriction policy
When adding a folder to the list, specify the UNC name of the folder. If you specify the name in the form \\<Server>\<Share>, home folders can be created in any folder on the network file share specified. If you specify the name in the form \\<Server>\<Share>\<PathtoFolder>, home folders can be created in any sub-folder of the folder.
In this scenario, you configure a policy to create home folders when creating user accounts. The policy assigns home folders to newly created accounts and grants the users change access to their home folders.
To implement this scenario, you must perform the following actions:
The following sub-sections elaborate on the steps to implement this scenario.