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    Profiles storing on local c: drive

    Morning,

    we have having majoe issues with profiles and that when the students login and out they are taking forever, also the profiles are storing locally on each machine they use.

    Is there aomething we can do to stop this and also to wipe them from the machine?

    Thanks in advance

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    It sounds like you're using roaming profiles.

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    You'll need to expand on that a bit

    You'll get a local copy of a profile on a computer, but it still should be being stored back on server end if you're redirecting it?

    Normally if it's taking a long long time, there's something wrong with a profile that is putting documents etc within the profile rather than document area, thus downloading (Potentially gigs) of data each time you logon.

    If you check their profiles on the server side are they huge?

    Is there any reason you want to delete the local part?

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    All profiles are cached locally on login - whether they are mandatory, roaming or simple local profiles.

    You can set a setting in group policy to delete them on log out though. We have that running here, so as soon as pupils log off, it deletes the locally cached profile.

    You say it takes ages to copy over - how big is your pupil profile? Are you using mandatory profiles or roaming?

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    I beleive we are using roaming profiles.

    The profile sizes range from 30mb-800mb, and at log off it takes around 5 mins per student, maybe longer at lesson change over.

    Where can set the GPO to remove local profiles.

    I have stopped Temp Internet profiles writing back to the profile and server at log off.

    Is there anything we can do? the issue is getting worse

    Thanks

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    I would suggest doing a few things:

    1. Get rid of roaming profiles for students - there is simply no need. Redirect their documents to their home directory and then use mandatory profiles. Our student profile is 3MB in size for Windows 7, 1.2MB for Windows XP.
    2. Enable the deletion of cached profiles. It is done at a machine level - it is under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\ User Profiles.

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    We use roaming profiles. Our average student profile size is somewhere in the region of 25mb. Logons/off are usually under 1 minute. We use redirected desktops to stop pupils saving work there and a mapped home drive for My Documents, again not part of the profile.

    We also use the follow GPO setting to delete profiles from local machines on logoff:

    Computer/Administritive Templates/System/User Profiles/Delete Cached copies of roaming profiles.

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    @localzuk, have you got an idiots guide to using mandatory profiles? Everytime I've tried users end up loading a temporary profile instead.

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    For XP, it was always pretty simple - set up a normal user, customise as you desire, log out and log in as admin, go into the Profiles UI in the System control panel and use Copy To to export it.

    Then go through the resultant folder and delete anything you don't need (Local Settings, any things like RealPlayer that have added themselves into Application Data etc...).

    To create a Windows 7 profile, it is a *lot* more involved.

    You have to create it by actually building an image of Windows. I used these instructions for building an image - Installing FOG. So basically once you've gone through and built an image, the administrator profile gets copied over as the 'default' profile and you then use Copy To to export it to a network location. Rename the .dat as .man, and then also set the folder name to whatever.man.v2 (so it would then be a super-mandatory).

    The other location to look at would be at MS' instructions: Customize the default local user profile when preparing an image of Windows

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