5.2 User Policies

User policies automate the provisioning, ongoing management, and disposition of network user home folders. A user policy can be associated with the following eDirectory objects:

  • Organization

  • Organizational Unit

  • Group

  • User

If you associate a user policy to an Organization object or Organizational Unit object, the policy affects all users that reside in those areas of the directory, unless it is specifically blocked through a blocking policy. If you associate the policy to a group, it affects all members of the group.

Standard directory inheritance applies to policy associations. This means that if you assign a policy to an Organization object but there is a policy at an Organizational Unit object the policy associated with the Organizational Unit object will be the active policy for the user. The policy that is most directly associated to the user takes precedence.

NOTE:Although creating a user policy for an individual User object is possible, it is somewhat impractical and should only be done in rare circumstances.

User policies are stored in a database that is created during the Engine installation.