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Windows XP User and Account Management

Where to Start
User Data and Settings Management for Windows XP in a Windows 2000 Environment
This article discusses two of the key components that provide user data and settings management in IntelliMirror©User Profiles and Folder Redirection. It also provides an architectural overview of these features, and presents sample scenarios showing how IntelliMirror is used throughout a computer©s lifecycle

User Accounts with Fast User Switching and Remote Desktop
This article written for developers discusses a few of the features of Windows XP, including multiple user accounts, fast user switching, and the remote desktop.

Resetting Computer Accounts in Windows 2000 and Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216393 - For each Windows 2000 or Windows XP workstation or server that is a member of a domain, there is a discrete communication channel, known as the secure channel, with a domain controller.

Some Issues to Consider If Windows XP Users Have Roaming Profiles 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314886 - This article describes some issues that administrators must plan for if users have roaming user profiles and can log on interchangeably to Windows-based computers.

How to...

HOW TO: Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 279783 - This article describes how to create and configure user accounts using the new User Accounts tool.  

How to Create and Copy Roaming User Profiles in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314478 - You may have reason to copy a defined user profile to a number of users. This presents each user with an identical initial profile at logon. Each user can then modify this profile as required. 

HOW TO: Assign a Mandatory User Profile in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307800 - This article describes how to assign a mandatory user profile in Windows XP. 

HOW TO: Add or Change a User's Picture 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 292434 - In Windows XP, you can have a picture displayed next to the user name on the Welcome screen and on the new Start menu. This article describes how to change the picture and how to manually add one to a computer on a domain.

How to Check User Profiles on a Windows XP-Based Computer 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 294887 - This article describes how to check user profiles that are stored on a Windows XP-based computer. 

HOW TO: Configure the User Name Mapping Service
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 324073 - UNIX-based domains and Windows-based domains have different user identities and group identities, even if the user names are the same. You can use the User Name Mapping service to map Windows security identifications (SIDs) to UNIX user identity

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 811151  - This article describes how to copy user data from your Windows XP profile to a new profile. When you copy user data into a new profile, the new profile becomes a near duplicate of the old profile, and contains the same preferences, appearance, and documents as the old profile. If your old profile is corrupted in some way, you can move the files and settings from the corrupt profile to a new profile.

HOW TO: Disable the Local Administrator Account 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 281140 - This step-by-step article describes how to disable the local Administrator account. This information does not apply to the Domain Administrator account in an Active Directory domain. 

HOW TO: Manage Stored User Names and Passwords on a Computer in a Domain 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 306992 - This article describes how to manage stored user names and passwords on a computer that is a member of a domain. 

HOW TO: Manage Stored User Names and Passwords on a Computer That Is Not in a Domain
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 306541 - This article describes how to manage stored user names and passwords on a computer that is not a member of a domain. 

HOW TO: Switch Between a Local and Roaming User Profile on a Mobile Windows XP-Based Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 312138 - This step-by-step article describes how to switch between a local and roaming user profile on a mobile Windows XP-based computer. A locally-stored user profile is one that is only accessible from the local computer.

How to Upgrade Administrative Template Files
This article explains how to upgrade Administrative Template Files in order to manage Windows XP-based client computers in a Windows 2000 Server environment.

Roaming Profile Creation in Windows Using the "Copy To" Command 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243420 - Roaming profiles contain user work environments, which include the desktop items and settings. Some examples of these environments are screen colors, mouse settings, window size and position, and network and printer connections. Roaming profiles are available wherever the user logs on, provided the server is available. This article describes how to create a roaming profile.

Technical Details
Behavior of Stored User Names and Passwords 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 281660 - Windows XP introduces a new behavior which makes it easier to access resources that require credentials other than the logged-on user's credentials. This article describes the functionality and expected behavior of Stored User Names and Passwords

Stored User Names and Passwords Feature Interoperability at a Command Prompt 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 287536 - You can use the Stored User Names and Passwords feature that is included in Windows XP at a command prompt.

Known Bugs and Issues
Cannot Add Local Users with the User Accounts Tool if Computer Is a Domain Member 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309428 - When you try to add a local user by using the User Accounts tool in Control Panel, you may receive an error message that states that the user cannot be added because the group in which it is being created cannot be found. This sy

Domain Group Policy Is Lost After Logging On with Cached Credentials in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 811062 - If you log on to a Windows XP-based computer that is not connected to the network, Group Policy settings that are defined in the domain are not applied. This occurs if your user account is in a different domain (such as a trusted domain) from the domain to which the computer belongs.

Stored User Names and Passwords Does Not Prompt for Credentials When You Attempt to Connect to a Resource 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 281567 - When you attempt to connect to a resource, you may not be prompted for your credentials by the Stored User Names and Passwords feature as you expect. Instead, you cannot connect to the resource.

The Owner Account Is Displayed As "Account Unknown" in Profiles on Windows XP Home Edition-Based Computers 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 312131 - The Owner account may not be removed correctly when you run Setup on computers that are running Windows XP Home Edition. The Owner account is displayed as "Account Unknown" when you view profiles on the computer.

Windows Prompts You to Change Your Password Although No Password Was Configured
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 810877 - After you upgrade to Windows XP Professional, you may receive the following error message: Your password will expire in a number days. Do you want to change it now? You may receive this message although you have never used a password.


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