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Anyone know how to move a single user's home -- not the entire 'Users' directory? I travel back and forth between two machines and would like to carry my "home" with me on an external hard drive. I tried editing the home directory in NetInfoManager, but it didn't seem to work.
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NetInfo Manager is the answer
Authored by: bombich on Mar 29, '01 11:52:12PM

I keep a user directory (just one account, not the whole /Users directory) on a Zip disk. To do this, I first created the user account with the user's control panel, then opened NetInfo Manager, authenticated, and navigated my way to that directory (/users/mike). There is an item called "home" which has the path "/Users/mike" -- I inserted my Zip disk which I had renamed to "mike" and changed home to "/Volumes/mike".

You'll need to do this (the NetInfo part) on both computers. Make sure the disk is in the drive and has had a chance to mount before logging in. Unfortunately, you need to re-login as another user before you can eject the disk because the computer is using it until you've logged out entirely. But this is very cool and has worked flawlessly (except, of course, for aliases made to local disks). Someday we will use network volumes to store everything, and to access centrally served Applications. Then the true power of X will be realized.



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remote user directory?
Authored by: jasrdunn on Nov 25, '02 07:20:35PM

How can you have your home directory be stored on a remote machine? I set up a user account on a server machine, to be accessed by all the clients, and then on the client machines I set in the netinfo manager to refer to the remote drive for it's home directory. The problem is: I can't access the remote home directory unless it's mounted, and I can't mount it unless I'm logged in, which I'm not because the home directory is missing. Is there a way to mount a network drive and keep it mounted.. even if you log out? ...or to have it automount before the user login screen comes up.
thanks



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