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Windows NT and Windows 9x can't share roaming profiles

Windows NT and Windows 9x cannot share a roaming profile. Windows 9x clients store the profile in the root of the home directory, while Windows NT clients store the profile in the profile path location. Differences also exist in the...

Understanding user profiles

Windows NT automatically creates user profiles that store user-specific information such as desktop settings, shortcuts, mapped drives, printer configurations, and more. NT supports three types of profiles: local, roaming, and mandatory. Local profiles are stored only on the workstation. This...

User profiles - keep them slim and trim

Roaming profiles ensure that users have their personal settings follow them no matter what machine they log on to. However, these can grow over time and make logons very slow. Service Pack 4 introduced a new registry setting, ExcludeProfileDirs, which...

So many profiles, so little space

Windows NT stores local profiles for all users who log on to a machine. You can delete these unnecessary profiles either locally or remotely. Locally stored profiles can be deleted by using the System Control Panel applet. Here's how: Start...

Storing user profiles, part 1

You can impact network traffic and efficiency based on where you store different types of profiles. To avoid version problems, don't store roaming user profiles on the Netlogon share (\Winnt\System32\Repl\Import\Scripts) if you have more than one logon server. For example,...

Storing user profiles, part 2

User profiles can be stored in various network locations for optimum efficiency. Here are few more tips to keep in mind for storage locations: Server-based or roaming user profiles should never be stored in the root level of a user's...

Using System Policy Editor to control user profiles

One of the biggest disadvantages about using roaming user profiles is that with time they can grow quite large. One way to help control the size of the profile is to control which folders are a part of that profile....

Debugging user profiles and system policies

User profiles and system policies are tremendous tools for establishing and controlling the user environment. However, when they don't work right it's not always easy to figure out what's wrong. The good news is that there's a .dll file that...

Enforcing use of mandatory profiles

If you've created mandatory profiles for some users and want them to use only those mandatory profiles, you need to configure the system such that if the mandatory profiles aren't available, the users won't be allowed to log on. That...

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