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    What is the breakdown of you guys out there using roaming profiles v's mandatory profiles.

    Trying to get it in my head the best way forward relating to thin clients and fat clients, so my users get the best expereince when logging in?

    Any ideas greatfully accepted

    Thanks


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    mandatory profiles FTW!

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    Cheers Steve

    The issue i have is i am moving to roaming profiles, which will have the icons for their local apps already installed. The thin clients don't have any local apps they use our terminal servrs. just stuggling to come up with an Idea for suite both


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    have a look into desktop icon relocation, this will change the way what Icons users can see

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    I hate thin clients, the amount of power the server has to hold for medium to high end applications is ridiculous.
    Don't forget what you save in price of desktops, youll probably lose in paying for servers to run them. Oh and networking :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potato-Peeler View Post
    I hate thin clients, the amount of power the server has to hold for medium to high end applications is ridiculous.
    Don't forget what you save in price of desktops, youll probably lose in paying for servers to run them. Oh and networking :P
    You also save on power consumption, ease of management and a whole raft of factors.

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    Mandatory profiles for the kids

    Roaming for the staff... though TBH, I wish I could getaway with forcing mandatory on the staff too.

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    Will the server power consumption edit out that though? As to run it you have to have some pretty beefy servers to do this kind of thing won't you? Like 8 GB RAM and two xeons? I'm not sure on that one.
    Also if one application becomes corrupt or fails for whatever reason on the server, e.g. MS Word, will it not mean the entire room can't use it, instead of one P.C?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Mandatory profiles for the kids

    Roaming for the staff... though TBH, I wish I could getaway with forcing mandatory on the staff too.
    how do you work with fat clients that have apps and thin clients that dont have apps

    How would you force the icons on to a thin client?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potato-Peeler View Post
    Will the server power consumption edit out that though? As to run it you have to have some pretty beefy servers to do this kind of thing won't you? Like 8 GB RAM and two xeons? I'm not sure on that one.
    Also if one application becomes corrupt or fails for whatever reason on the server, e.g. MS Word, will it not mean the entire room can't use it, instead of one P.C?
    you take the TS server out the pool, fix the problem then put it back - just have more than one server to run apps

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    Quote Originally Posted by fil_b View Post
    how do you work with fat clients that have apps and thin clients that dont have apps

    How would you force the icons on to a thin client?

    Fat clients only - no thin here

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    Quote Originally Posted by fil_b View Post
    how do you work with fat clients that have apps and thin clients that dont have apps

    How would you force the icons on to a thin client?
    Terminal servers in separate OU in Active Directory, possibly separate OU/GPO for Fat clients - setup a User Policy Loopback on the Computer configuration of GPO, then setup different desktop and start menu redirection for each GPO.

    I'm planning to have mandatory profiles for students (and remove ranger in the not too distant future), and have roaming profiles for staff, storing their desktop bits in a folder within their my docs (so they can add stuff to the desktop, and not cause insane profile size... my staff like to leave videos on their desktop, or folders...), and redirect desktop to there. Other GPO settings will allow all user's desktop and start menu to show up, so for my staff, on their laptops, I will let them just have their current start menu, on the TS I'll be setting them to a standard start menu. Need to finish fully testing this, and gradually start moving staff onto the system after the summer, but I think it should balance network speed and give the user's a more consistent environment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fil_b View Post
    How would you force the icons on to a thin client?

    My desktops at school have very few icons - just well-structured start menus.

    Room-specific software is found by going to Start > Science Room or Start > ICT Suite

    It's more flexible for me that way.

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    Roaming all the way here

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Mandatory profiles for the kids

    Roaming for the staff... though TBH, I wish I could getaway with forcing mandatory on the staff too.
    Mandatory for both here. I've just told them that's the way it is with a network! All fat clients, and very few icons on desktop. Must be a primary school thing?

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