Adding New User

How to add a new user account in the FEFC windows domain.

Initial Setup

  1. Log onto domain controller (Esther or Job)
  2. From Manage Your Server, choose Manager Users and Computers in Active Directory

  3. Go to the correct folder.
    1. For staff, go to Staff folder

    2. For church members, go to Members folder

  4. Add a new user by right clicking on folder and selecting New->User

  5. Enter first & last name.

  6. Choose a username. Standard is firstinitial + lastname. E.g., Bob Smith = bsmith
  7. Select a password. You can make user change it at first login if desired.
  8. Click Finish
  9. Now right-click on the new user and choose Properties


  1. Go to Member Of tab.

  2. Add user to necessary groups.
    1. If you want them to be able to use a specific computer effectively, they should be part of the "Admins" group for that computer. E.g., for Ruth, the group is RuthAdmins.G.

    2. The soundbooth computers (Ezekiel & Isaiah) have a special group, SoundboothUsers.G, that allows all those users to be admins on either computer (and log in remotely to them).

    3. If user is to have a roaming profile (so their desktop settings are shared between computers, assign them to the RoamingProfileUsers.G group.

    4. For a few specific software programs, users must be in groups to access them:
      1. Church Helpmate: ChurchHelpmateUsers.G

      2. Nspire: NspireUsers.G

      3. Quicken: QuickenUsers.G

    5. For users that will only log on to a laptop and do not want to have synchronization enabled (e.g., the Parish Nurses who rarely are in the office), add them to the LocalMyDocuments.G group. This will keep their My Documents folder on the local computer...otherwise, users

    6. To allow users to log onto the domain controllers (Esther & Job) without admin access, add them to the DomainControllerNonAdminUsers.G group.

    7. All groups are listed under the FEFC Security Groups folder.

Profile & Home Directory

  1. Go to Profile tab

    1. If user was made part of LocalMyDocuments.G group, in Home Folder section leave Local path radio button checked (with nothing in the box).

    2. If user was not made part of LocalMyDocuments.G group, in Home Folder section, select Connect radio button and map Z: drive to \\Esther\Users$\%username% (this will get replaced with real username)

  2. If user was made part of RoamingProfileUsers.G group (see above), then change their Profile path to \\Esther\profiles$\%username%. Otherwise leave this blank.


  1. Try logging in as the new user and make sure it works.
  2. If their My Document folder doesn't resolve correctly, see FolderRedirectionFailure

Soundbooth Users

For soundbooth users, make sure to install the registry key for Goldwave (see GoldwaveSetup, step 3).

For anyone who will be editing service recordings, set up FTP Voyager: go to Y:\downloads\FTP Voyager.  Open up the "FTP" file.  Double click on the "FTP_Voyager.reg" file and say OK to all the warnings.


If you can't get the remote desktop sound to work for a new user, you may have logged in for the first time via Remote Desktop without remote sound enabled on either computer.  You may need to delete the local profile and try again, this time making sure to send the remote sound to the local computer.