Service accounts and user profiles

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How to create a profile for a service account and why you may need to do so.

While service accounts generally don’t require user profiles to be associated with them, there is at least one exception I can think of (you might be able to think of others) and this is when you need to pass a user environment variable to a service running on your server. Now normally you create user profiles by logging on with a user account, but you don’t want to log on to your server using a service account just to create a profile for that service. Instead, you can create a user profile *without* logging on with your service account. To learn how to do this, see the KB article titled Programmatically Cause the Creation of a User’s Profile found at;en-us;196070.

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