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    Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    What are the downsides of a pupil not having a profile configured. I have always used a mandatory profile. I read other stay away from roaming for pupils and some don't. I know from reading on here that others may use a super mandatory profile.

    I wondered what the downsides of not having a profile at all configured are?

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    I cant think of any. If you ask any teacher what would you prefer, kids to have personalised desktops/settings causing them to have wrongly/none-standard setting in apps or for them to be logged on quickly, then im sure i know the answer.

    Id be interested to find out if there are any disadvantages but i cant for the life of me think of any myself.

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    I can't think of any for Mandatory, they keep all desktops the same, log quick & don't take space on the server. With roaming profiles they could become very large and logins could be longer & it would also take-up more space on the server.

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    In my experience roaming = slow logon! I remember our previous head of IT moaning that one day it took him a lesson to logon at our lower school site, when I checked his desktop was 1gb and his profile was in upper school, I think at the time we had a 2MB link between the two...............

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    For kids a vanilla profile means a different setup on every PC they visit. Surely a bad thing.

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    wondered what the downsides of not having a profile at all configured are?
    suppose you just installed an application on a network share or published it on a webserver - how do you get the links to the desktops without a (mandatory) profile

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    I know this one, folder Re-direction

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    nice one, I've been living in Citrix land too long

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    I found a thread on here getting local profiles to work. I've set it up and the students don't have a roaming profile. Logins are now a lot faster.

    I've got a profile with all the application settings on a network share. A startup script copies them down to the default user directory on the local c drive.

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    We don't use Mandatory or Roaming.
    Our kids desktops are all controlled through GPO's and we use Folder Redirection on their Start menus, Desktops and Home Folders

    Their Profiles are locked down tighter than a Gnat's Arse, and get deleted each time the PC reboots (delprof.exe) and a Kix Script deals with printer and drive mappings, as well as the desktop BG

    This works very well for us, and logon times are reasonably quick
    I say reasonably, cos our network is pants and is in need of re-cabling in areas..

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    Quote Originally Posted by mark
    For kids a vanilla profile means a different setup on every PC they visit. Surely a bad thing.
    we handle this by using GPO folder redirection

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    Indeed. As said my preferance is for GPO's and folder re-direction. Using profiles just murks the waters in an already murky enviroment.

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    found a thread on here getting local profiles to work. I've set it up and the students don't have a roaming profile. Logins are now a lot faster.

    I've got a profile with all the application settings on a network share. A startup script copies them down to the default user directory on the local c drive.

    Have you go tany more info on this andy?

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    Re: Downsides of pupils not having profile (man or roaming)

    Surely with no profile specified, the system will create a new one from scratch each time a user logs on, which takes extra time.

    In most schools I use mandatory profiles, with some non specified. Teachers have full roaming profiles (which are a pain)

    I've been toying with laptops, and having a copy of the mandatory profile on the local drive, and in the AD profile settings pointing to the local mandatory profile. The pain will be updating them though. My reason is just to reduce network traffic when the laptops log on though.


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