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    User profiles on server

    On our Windows Server 2003 box we have some user profiles that we believe shouldn't be there at all. They are from student and staff member accounts that should never be logging onto the server. This is why we can't understand why there are local profiles for these accounts.

    We believe our servers to be clear of viruses as we have MSRT'd them, virus scanned them and checked for conficker and all appears clean.

    Can anyone shed any light?

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    Most likely cause of this is that the users have compressed and/or encrypted their My Docs folder (or a folder in My Docs).

    On the server ensure that you have 'show encrypted or compressed folders in colour' selected in Tools -> Folder Options. Then browse to their home directories to see if they are coloured differently.

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    Its not the network share for user profiles or home directories, it's the local documents and settings on the Server that I'm meaning. In there, there are local profiles that shouldn't be there. It's as if these users have logged onto the server except we know they never have.

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    Yes I understand that it is local profiles that are being created. If a user does encrypt or compress then a local profile is created by the server to allow the user to then access the files again. If you check the users home directories as outlined above it will allow you to see if this is the case.

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    Ah righty. Yeah that would make sense. I'll check this ASAP.

    Thanks.

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