Tips for finding Knowledge Articles

  • - Enter just a few key words related to your question or problem
  • - Add Key words to refine your search as necessary
  • - Do not use punctuation
  • - Search is not case sensitive
  • - Avoid non-descriptive filler words like "how", "the", "what", etc.
  • - If you do not find what you are looking for the first time,reduce the number of key words you enter and try searching again.
  • - Minimum supported Internet Explorer version is IE9
Home  >
article

KB-41212: How to modify the default files that get put into Home Directory for AD user created by CentrifyDC

Authentication Service ,  

30 September,20 at 10:15 PM

Question:

Is it possible to modify what the default files are that get put into a home directory when an Active Directory User's home directory is created during initial login when using CentrifyDC?


Answer:

Yes, it is possible to modify what default files get put into a home directory when an AD user's home directory is created.

By default, Centrify will use the /etc/skel directory as the template for creating new users home directories.  Any files that exist in that /etc/skel directory will get copied over. If any file or directory is added to, removed from, or modified in that /etc/skel/ directory, that will reflect when a new users home directory is created.
 
[root@filesvr07 skel]# pwd
/etc/skel
[root@filesvr07 skel]# ls -al
total 28
drwxr-xr-x.   3 root root    78 Aug  6 10:49 .
drwxr-xr-x. 150 root root 12288 Sep 30 17:41 ..
-rw-r--r--.   1 root root    18 Mar 31  2020 .bash_logout
-rw-r--r--.   1 root root   193 Mar 31  2020 .bash_profile
-rw-r--r--.   1 root root   317 Aug  6 10:49 .bashrc
drwxr-xr-x.   4 root root    39 Nov  6  2018 .mozilla
[root@filesvr07 skel]# 

That default directory can be modified if desired. In the /etc/centrifydc/centrifydc.conf file there is the pam.homeskel.dir setting, that sets the skeleton directory (/etc/skel) as the default directory.  
 
# Skeleton directory for creating new user home directory
# If you leave this value commented out then the default value,
# /etc/skel, will be used. If you do not wish to have files
# copied from a skeleton directory, uncomment this parameter and
# point to an empty directory.
#
# pam.homeskel.dir: /etc/skel
#

 
If the centrifydc.conf is modified, an adreload will need to be run as root or root equivalent user before the setting takes affect.

Still have questions? Click here to log a technical support case, or collaborate with your peers in Centrify's Online Community.