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    Mandatory Profiles, Offline Laptops and Folder Redirections

    Afternoon All.

    I've had a search and there's nothing that seems to match my situation.

    We have changed all our Profiles to mandatory profiles, if they weren't before. All staff sharing one profile etc.
    We now redirect App Data, Start Menus, Desktops and Documents through GPO.

    This seems to be working fine on the domain.

    However the some staff use laptops at home. They were set as open profiles and worked on laptops.
    The profile cached, offline files synced etc.

    However none of these work with the new redirection set up and mandatory profile.

    Am i missing something obvious?
    Do i need to do something different now for the profiles to cache etc?

    I have a separate redirection for the Laptops OU. I set it to copy contents to the new location so it would be available offline. Is that correct?

    Any suggestions welcome.

    Cheers
    Stu

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    mandatory profiles i doubt will work offline as if it cant find \\server\profiles\man\staff.man\ntuser.man logon wont proceed hence mandatory

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    Sted got it in 1 man profiles are for in school use only... you need to set them to roaming.. for what you want to do.

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    You could look at using local mandatory profiles for the teachers instead but this would require you to push it to all of your laptops and workstations.

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    In principle, what Synack suggests should work. You could set up a folder on the C: drive e.g. C:\UserProfiles and set permissions such that Users have List/Read. Use a startup script with Robocopy to copy the master networked copy of the profile down to the C: drive at each startup. This should keep the local cache in sync. I've often thought about doing this bet never tried it.

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    out of curiosity is it possible to override a mandatory profile on a specific pc/group of pcs?

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I had a bad feeling you'd say that.

    Is there any other way of making sure they don't write back to the shared roaming profile on the server, other than write permissions on the folder? This is what i did when we had an issue with mandatory profiles and temp internet files and it's worked fine for 18 months. But now i'm trimming and generalising them, i'm looking for a different solution.

    I'm sure it was a tiny, shared, roaming profile for 50 staff and it was only a small directory when i started here.

    I'm sure i have more questions, but need a coffee down me first!

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