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    Roaming Profiles and Students

    Hello All,

    Just some advise really....

    In your schools, do your student accounts have roaming profiles? Obviously our staff do as they have the ability to save favorites, save to desktop etc however for students, data is taken from the server and they save work directly to a user area on the server and therefore I'm debating removing roaming profiles for students. We are a fairly small school and therefore space hasn't really been an issue.

    Are there any real benefits for students to have roaming profiles?

    Look forward to your responses.

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    Nobody has roaming profiles here. You don't need roaming profiles for favourites and saving to desktop. You can use folder redirection.

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    Our students have mandatory profiles with folder redirection.
    Cuts down on the number of corrupt profiles since we switched to this method compared to the normal roaming ones.

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    Urrgh no, no roaming profiles here. Local for staff, mandatory for student. Roaming profiles are big, slow, cranky things IME. With redirection in place, we don't miss them.

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    Thanks for your replies!

    So just to confirm... if in Active Directory, a student has nothing in the profile path box, it means they obviously don't have a roaming profile, however it does mean they have a local profile still on each machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmtt View Post
    Thanks for your replies!

    So just to confirm... if in Active Directory, a student has nothing in the profile path box, it means they obviously don't have a roaming profile, however it does mean they have a local profile still on each machine?
    yes it means a new profile gets created on each box they log into and stays there for ever

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    Out of interest, how do you all deal with students that have VI problems and may need to tweak settings regularly and need a consistent experience across devices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    stays there for ever
    Although if you didn't want it to, you can use a script or even a group policy option to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Although if you didn't want it to, you can use a script or even a group policy option to remove it.
    i thought deleting them via anything other than manual laborious way was a no no on windows 7 as it did odd things

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    I have 113 SEN pupils on my network, as of about half an hour ago, none of them have roaming profiles. Nothing is in the profile path in AD and local profiles are just stored on each machine. I'm not sure if this is the best way to keep it? Or should I create mandatory ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    i thought deleting them via anything other than manual laborious way was a no no on windows 7 as it did odd things
    The script takes that into account, it does proper way. It does the same thing as the manual way. The group policy option also does the same thing. The script is better because you can add exceptions. For example we don't clean the profile for the local admin account.

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    If anyone wants it, a copy of the profile clean script

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    
    :: --------------------------------------
    ::
    :: Windows 7 User Profile Cleaning Script
    :: Version 3.1
    ::
    :: Written by Mike Stone
    :: mikestone@gmail.com
    :: http://mstoneblog.wordpress.com
    ::
    :: --------------------------------------
    ::
    :: Welcome!  This script is designed to automate the process of flushing
    :: user profiles within Windows 7, while at the same time preserving
    :: profiles of your choosing, including domain users.
    ::
    :: This script is written as an example of wanting all domain users wiped
    :: except for the one called "pctest".
    ::
    :: Portions of the script that will require manual edits will be preceded
    :: by instructions with these "double colon" comment marks.
    ::
    :: Please let me know how well (or not well) this works for you or any
    :: features you can think of that could be added.
    ::
    :: --------------------------------------
    
    title Windows 7 User Profile Cleaning
    
    :: ----------
    :: Add any users you wish to exclude from the wipe to the "userpreserve"
    :: line below and separate them by commas.  Be careful - these are
    :: case-sensitive.
    :: ----------
    
    :USERPRESERVE
    set userpreserve="Administrator,All Users,UpdatusUser,Default,Default User,Public,exampleuser1,exampleuser2"
    
    FOR /f "tokens=*" %%a IN ('reg query "hklm\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\profilelist"^|find /i "s-1-5-21"') DO CALL :REGCHECK "%%a"
    GOTO VERIFY
    
    :REGCHECK
    set SPACECHECK=
    FOR /f "tokens=3,4" %%b in ('reg query %1 /v ProfileImagePath') DO SET USERREGPATH=%%b %%c
    FOR /f "tokens=2" %%d in ('echo %USERREGPATH%') DO SET SPACECHECK=%%d
    IF ["%SPACECHECK%"]==[""] GOTO REGCHECK2
    GOTO USERCHECK
    
    :REGCHECK2
    FOR /f "tokens=3" %%g in ('reg query %1 /v ProfileImagePath') DO SET USERREGPATH=%%g
    GOTO USERCHECK
    
    :USERCHECK
    FOR /f "tokens=3 delims=\" %%e in ('echo %USERREGPATH%') DO SET USERREG=%%e
    FOR /f "tokens=1 delims=." %%f IN ('echo %USERREG%') DO SET USERREGPARSE=%%f
    ECHO %USERPRESERVE%|find /I "%USERREGPARSE%" > NUL
    IF ERRORLEVEL=1 GOTO CLEAN
    IF ERRORLEVEL=0 GOTO SKIP
    
    :SKIP
    ECHO Skipping user clean for %USERREG%
    GOTO :EOF
    
    :CLEAN
    ECHO Cleaning user profile for %USERREG%
    rmdir "C:\Users\%USERREG%" /s /q > NUL
    ECHO Cleaning user registry for %USERREG%
    reg delete %1 /f
    IF EXIST "C:\Users\%USERREG%" GOTO RETRYCLEAN1
    GOTO :EOF
    
    :RETRYCLEAN1
    ECHO Retrying clean of user profile %USERREG%
    rmdir "C:\Users\%USERREG%" /s /q > NUL
    IF EXIST "C:\Users\%USERREG%" GOTO RETRYCLEAN2
    GOTO :EOF
    
    :RETRYCLEAN2
    ECHO Retrying clean of user profile %USERREG%
    rmdir "C:\Users\%USERREG%" /s /q > NUL
    GOTO :EOF
    
    :VERIFY
    FOR /f "tokens=*" %%g IN ('reg query "hklm\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\profilelist"^|find /i "s-1-5-21"') DO CALL :REGCHECKV "%%g"
    GOTO REPORT
    
    :REGCHECKV
    set SPACECHECKV=
    FOR /f "tokens=3,4" %%h in ('reg query %1 /v ProfileImagePath') DO SET USERREGPATHV=%%h %%i
    FOR /f "tokens=2" %%j in ('echo %USERREGPATHV%') DO SET SPACECHECKV=%%j
    IF ["%SPACECHECKV%"]==[""] GOTO REGCHECKV2
    GOTO USERCHECKV
    
    :REGCHECKV2
    FOR /f "tokens=3" %%k in ('reg query %1 /v ProfileImagePath') DO SET USERREGPATHV=%%k
    GOTO USERCHECKV
    
    :USERCHECKV
    FOR /f "tokens=3 delims=\" %%l in ('echo %USERREGPATHV%') DO SET USERREGV=%%l
    FOR /f "tokens=1 delims=." %%m IN ('echo %USERREGV%') DO SET USERREGPARSEV=%%m
    ECHO %USERPRESERVE%|find /I "%USERREGPARSEV%" > NUL
    IF ERRORLEVEL=1 GOTO VERIFYERROR
    IF ERRORLEVEL=0 GOTO :EOF
    
    :VERIFYERROR
    SET USERERROR=YES
    GOTO :EOF
    
    :REPORT
    IF [%USERERROR%]==[YES] (
    		set RESULT=FAILURE
    )		ELSE (
    		set RESULT=SUCCESS
    )
    
    :EXIT
    exit
    
    :EOF

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    Mandatory profiles here for *all* users regardless of staff or students. Saves so much hassle it's unreal.

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    Okay, I've never set one up so I'll look into it.

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    Never said what I use. Staff have local and students have Mandatory.

    However we store the source copy of the Mandatory profile on the local machines. It helps performance when using wireless fat client laptops. Also it reduces unnecessary network traffic and server during logon.

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