When a user first logs in to a Windows NT workstation, the profile NTuser.DAT is created. The profile
location can be now specified through the
logon path parameter.
There is a parameter that is now available for use with NT Profiles:
This should be set to
H: or any other drive, and should be used in conjunction with
logon home parameter.
The entry for the NT4 profile is a directory, not a file. The NT help on profiles mentions that a
directory is also created with a .PDS extension. The user, while logging in, must have write permission
to create the full profile path (and the folder with the .PDS extension for those situations where it
might be created).
In the profile directory, Windows NT4 creates more folders than Windows 9x/Me. It creates
Application Data and others, as well as
Start Menu, and
The profile itself is stored in a file
NTuser.DAT. Nothing appears to be stored
in the .PDS directory, and its purpose is currently unknown.
You can use the System Control Panel to copy a local profile onto
a Samba server (see NT help on profiles; it is also capable of firing up the correct location in the
System Control Panel for you). The NT help file also mentions that renaming
NTuser.MAN turns a profile into a mandatory one.
The case of the profile is significant. The file must be called
or, for a mandatory profile,