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Windows Thread, Trimming the size of profiles in Technical; We use roaming profiles for all our users and I have recently noticed they are getting pretty big for some ...
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    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?

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    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.

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    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)

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    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)
    I have investigated and its the application data folder that is taking up all the space. Mostly from Microsoft(10mb) and Macromedia settings(17mb).

    How do I redirect application data, or can I make it read only? What are the implications of doing this?

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    to regress back to mandatory profiles?
    Can i ask - did you go from mandatory to roaming? If so, what were your reasons?

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    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

    And

    Comp Config > Admin Templates > System > User Profiles

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    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.

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    You could do this, but remember Favourites are contained in the profile, unless you've redirected them to My Documents (for example).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    You could do this, but remember Favourites are contained in the profile, unless you've redirected them to My Documents (for example).

    Redirect to My Documents! Yes, please! How did you do this?

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    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.
    We tend to do this on a termly basis. It's a good way to give folks a clean start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Redirect to My Documents! Yes, please! How did you do this?
    I used this adm to redirect with group policy.

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    Thanks Michael and meastaugh1; I'll give these a read.

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