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    Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

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    Win 2k3 AD domain, XP SP2 clients. All clients have user access only. I am using redirected folders only now. So local profiles get placed on the workstations.

    This is causing an issue especially when running delprof. Any help would be appreciated.....

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    It certainly is possible. If you read the wiki, there is a lot of info in there about this, including a HOWTO.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    Ric: Where's the wiki?

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    Left column under member services.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    well, here lies an impediment:

    Labs and classrooms in any of the three schools (Elementary, Middle and High) have different images for the different software that is on those computers. If I place a mandatory profile on my users in AD, that profile will get loaded no matter where they sit. This would cause a problem, I think, because not every classroom or lab has the same software installed on it.

    Is there a way to have different profiles for each lab? A profile on the machine rather than following the user?

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be

    we have it set up here.

    i suggest that in the start menu | programs have diffrent subject areas so ICT have ICT software, Science have their own software. so depending wehre you are in the school you schose the subject. hope that makes sense. works really well here.

    we have a whole school part to the program file menu.

    its easy to do just need to decide how you want to organize it

    blah... hmm hope i make sense here

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be

    you need to setup redirecting of startmenu and desktop etc

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    Where is the problem? Assuming your software has installed shortcuts either on the 'All Users' Desktop and/or the 'All Users' Start Menu, then these shortcuts will appear only on the relevant PCs. You can still use the same mandatory profile across all the PCs.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    I will giv ethis a go during CHristmas break.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be

    The best way to do it would be

    1 OU for each "group" of PC's
    Have a script for each group (applied via group policy) that on startup

    a) deletes all profiles useing delprof
    b) using robocopy sync a predefined user profile with 1 that you specify to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User

    So when a user log's on, Windows creates a copy of this profile for the user at logon. Its as fast as the local disk (so not effected by network bandwidth), plus you get better peformance than redirecting the startmenu or desktop to a network share. User messes up there profile, reboot PC and all should be back to your pre defined setup.


    No delprof for Vista yet so i'm having problems, MS have the "User Profile Service" on Vista now, so i'm thinking they might not even bring one out. Which is a pain as the only group policy option that comes close using this is delete profiles older than 24 hours old.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    How do you handle network printers with a mandatory profile? A student could have at least 12 printers associated with his/her account. Wouldnt a man. prof. make a printer setting mandatory?

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    Do not have the printer as part of the profile. Instead use a script to assign the printer according to location or group membership. See the scripts section for examples.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    I would advise keeping the mandatory profile as simple as possible. I use a mandatory profile not to provide a customized end user environment, but simply to prevent them from customizing it. Any customization should be done with logon scripts (as ChrisH says).

    I only update mandatory profiles when I have added new software (eg MS Office) to one or more PCs which causes a Windows Installer update of the user registry or profile.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    well, using GPO's I've locked down the desktops so that they cant customize anything. My goal is to eliminate the growing local profiles on the machines to one profile.

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    Re: Redirected folders AND mandatory profiles...can this be done

    1) Where can I find the scripts section? I've gone through a few of the links on the left without success.

    2) A student would have to reset their preferred printer every time they logged in, correct? The teaching staff kiboshed that idea. As it is, a student sets up a printer and that printer is their default printer on that computer in that room. Is there a way to keep it like this but limit the amount of profiles that get stored locally?

    I have my structure set up like this:

    Students are in three seperate OUs (Elementary, Middle and High). Their machines are all in the same OU. Students can then be members of multiple groups (math, yearbook, newspaper etc). The members of the groups then have login scripts which map drives to resources needed by their respective group (the log in scripts are in their individual User accounts).

    All the machines in the school must be made accessable to all of the students. Labs must be made available to all of the students in the district.
    Students must be able to set up printers that are local to the machines they are logged in at, and be able to access remote printers if needed. The machines that they are logged in at must retain their chosen default printer after log off. Remember, any student must be able to log in to any of the districts 385 machines and be able to print to any of the 63 printers.

    Should I just stick with redirected folders and be content?

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