Before specifying the path
to the user store, refer to
Profile management architecture
and, if relevant to your deployment, understand the effect of:
inclusions and exclusions
The path can be:
The following types of variables can be used for this setting:
- System environment variables enclosed in percent signs (for example, %ProfVer%). Note that system environment variables generally require additional setup. For information on this, see Administer profiles within and across OUs.
- Attributes of the AD user object enclosed in hashes (for example, #sAMAccountName#).
- Profile management variables. For more information, see Profile management policies.
User environment variables cannot be used, except for %username% and %userdomain%. You can also create custom AD attributes to fully define organizational variables such as location or users. Attributes are case-sensitive.
- \\server\share\#sAMAccountName# stores the user settings to the UNC path \\server\share\JohnSmith (if #sAMAccountName# resolves to JohnSmith for the current user)
- \\server\profiles$\%USERNAME%.%USERDOMAIN%\!CTX_OSNAME!!CTX_OSBITNESS! might expand to \\server\profiles$\JohnSmith.Finance\Win8x64
Important: Whichever attributes or variables you use, check that this setting expands to the folder one level higher than the folder containing NTUSER.DAT. For example, if this file is contained in \\server\profiles$\JohnSmith.Finance\Win8x64\UPM_Profile, set the path to the user store as \\server\profiles$\JohnSmith.Finance\Win8x64 (not the \UPM_Profile subfolder).
This diagram illustrates the components of a typical path to the user store that incorporates AD attributes, environment variables, and Profile management variables.
For more information on using variables when specifying the path to the user store, see the following topics:
If Path to user store is disabled, the user settings are saved in the Windows subdirectory of the home directory.
If this setting is not configured here, the setting from the .ini file is used. If this setting is not configured here or in the .ini file, the Windows directory on the home drive is used.
your changes to take effect, run the
/force command from the command prompt as documented at