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    Roaming Profiles - help please

    Hi, I have just taken over a little network of about 20 machines. This is my first time managing a network. I have been asked to implement roaming profiles so that everything gets backed up to the server. I have done a little bit of reasearch today on the subject and was wondering if some people could give me a few tips and hints.

    Basically my aim is to create a default user profile where everyone has the same desktop applied to them when I create a new user.

    What is the best way of doing this? anything I should know about the permissions on the server for redirecting the my documents folder etc.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated as I don't want to fiddle about too much.

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    Re: Roaming Profiles - help please

    Roaming profiles...... don't do it!!

    You can get Active Directory (well, Group Policy) so that all users get the same profile.

    This has a number of advantages

    (1) Users can change the look or wallpaper
    (2) Different user groups can have different wallpapers, so you can tell if someone is logged on as a teacher or even the administrator.

    Users can easily be redirected to their own folders in GP, so don't worry about that!

    What I do (and I find it works)

    Map a drive with all shared folders
    student can then goto a generic folder i.e. Sports Day or
    student can then goto their year group (say 2005) which only students from 2005 have access to, then browse to their folder or to another generic folder for only their year group.

    If you're afraid to fiddle, then setup a test network using VM software, and you can play in the the safety of a sandbox!

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    Re: Roaming Profiles - help please

    Check out the wiki for copious instructions on this topic

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