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PowerShell One-Liner for Finding Users with a Home Drive Configured in Active Directory Users and Computers

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PowerShell One-Liner for Finding Users with a Home Drive Configured in Active Directory Users and Computers
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On a recent project for my employer, Choice Solutions, I needed to generate a report of all users who had a Home Drive configured on the Profile tab in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC).

Something most IT Pros do not know is that if anything is configured on the Profile tab in ADUC (Figure 1), Group Policy optimization is disabled for that user.

A few years ago, I did not know this either until a very long discussion took place on the NTSysAdmin mailing list. Microsoft describes this in Understand the Effect of Fast Logon Optimization and Fast Startup on Group Policy.

The synopsis is this:

Fast Logon Optimization and Group Policy processing

By default in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, the Fast Logon Optimization feature is set for domain and workgroup members. Policy settings apply asynchronously when the computer starts and when the user signs in. As a result, these operating systems do not wait for the network to be fully initialized at startup and sign-in. Existing users are signed in by using cached credentials. This results in shorter sign-in times. Group Policy is applied after the network becomes available.

Read the entire article here, PowerShell One-Liner for Finding Users with a Home Drive Configured in Active Directory Users and Computers

Via Carl Webster

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Carl Webster Carl Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, with over 38 years of IT experience, based in the Nashville, TN area. Webster has been working with application and desktop virtualization since 1990 and with Active Directory since 2001. Webster travels the world doing XenApp, XenDesktop, HP Moonshot and Active Directory projects. He holds the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional designation.

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