How to deploy a customized user profile

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 1 Feb. 2007 / Last Updated on 1 Feb. 2007]

How to deploy a customized user profile for users on your network.

Deploying a Default User profile to multiple users on your network is easy. Just follow these steps:

Create a template user account, usually a domain account, and give it a unique name.

Log on to one of your client computers using this template account and customize the desktop the way you want your users to have it.

Copy the user profile for your account to the NETLOGON share on your domain controller. You can do use the System utility in Control Panel on your client computer to do this, just select the Advanced tab and click Settings under User Profiles, select the profile and click Copy To.


Mitch Tulloch is President of MTIT Enterprises, an IT content development company based in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to starting his own company in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point International. Mitch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking and security and has written 14 books and over a hundred articles on various topics. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch is also a professor at Jones International University (JIU) where he teaches graduate-level courses in Information Security Management (ISM) for their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information see

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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