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22nd April 2008, 10:03 AM #1
Trimming the size of profiles
We use roaming profiles for all our users and I have recently noticed they are getting pretty big for some year groups. This puts pressure on the server each and every time they log on. Some students profiles are approaching 50mb+
Is there a way to trim profiles, or even better do it automatically?
How do I stop the profiles being copied back from the client machines?
Last edited by zag; 22nd April 2008 at 10:12 AM.
22nd April 2008, 10:09 AM #2
Due to the nature of roaming profiles, they need to be copied back to the server to update the changes made during that session.
We use roaming profiles too, and am strongly considering using mandatory profiles. We get the occasional issue with roaming profiles which screws things up.
Redirection may be an option for you though.
22nd April 2008, 11:10 AM #3
What's in the profile that's taking up the space? If you are not redirecting "my documents" and "application data" then just redirecting those two folders will save a huge amount of data being copied at logon/off (doesn't save space because it's still on the server but it will speed up logon/off times)
22nd April 2008, 11:19 AM #4
We've got the same issue. Generally most pupils profiles are pretty small (<10Mb) but there are a few problem apps on the network (mostly Adobe, Macromedia and Ulead ) which literally bulk up a pupils/staff profile to around 40-50Mb if puplils run them.
Would be good to know if there's any way around this though I'm guessing without doctoring the program installers registry settings or writing fancy logoff scripts there probably isnt a solution other than the obbious which is to regress back to mandatory profiles?
22nd April 2008, 11:25 AM #5
I have investigated and its the application data folder that is taking up all the space. Mostly from Microsoft(10mb) and Macromedia settings(17mb).
Originally Posted by srochford
How do I redirect application data, or can I make it read only? What are the implications of doing this?
22nd April 2008, 11:30 AM #6
You may aswell go to mandatory profile. This way it's read-only and non of the students can make changes. We use them here for our students, nice and small
22nd April 2008, 12:10 PM #7
Can i ask - did you go from mandatory to roaming? If so, what were your reasons?
Originally Posted by flyinghaggis
22nd April 2008, 12:57 PM #8
I always use mandatory roaming profiles for pupils (NTUSER.MAN) and standard roaming profiles for staff. It makes a big difference and saves lots of disk space too.
There are also some GPOs that allow you to tweak settings related to a profile size:
User Config > Admin Templates > System > User Profiles
Comp Config > Admin Templates > System > User Profiles
22nd April 2008, 04:34 PM #9
I've had a brainwave
I'm just going to delete all the profiles from the network share and student client computers each year and let the system recreate them.
22nd April 2008, 04:37 PM #10
You could do this, but remember Favourites are contained in the profile, unless you've redirected them to My Documents (for example).
22nd April 2008, 04:45 PM #11
Originally Posted by Michael
Redirect to My Documents! Yes, please! How did you do this?
22nd April 2008, 07:04 PM #12
With Windows Vista you can do this by GPO, but with 2000, XP, 2003 you'll need to modify the registry.
This guide should be what you're looking for
Thanks to Michael from:
elsiegee40 (22nd April 2008)
22nd April 2008, 07:18 PM #13
We tend to do this on a termly basis. It's a good way to give folks a clean start.
Originally Posted by ittech
22nd April 2008, 07:42 PM #14
I used this adm to redirect with group policy.
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
2 Thanks to meastaugh1:
elsiegee40 (22nd April 2008), SYNACK (23rd April 2008)
22nd April 2008, 10:08 PM #15
Thanks Michael and meastaugh1; I'll give these a read.
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