+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
Windows Thread, Profile Advice - which route to take? in Technical; Thought i'd ask another question to do with the seemingly never ending profile debate. I'd just like to get people's ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Thank Post
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power

    Profile Advice - which route to take?

    Thought i'd ask another question to do with the seemingly never ending profile debate. I'd just like to get people's thoughts on what they think would be best for me to do?

    We are a small primary school with a small network (fewer than 50 individual users). We have a Server 2008 domain controller and XP Pro clients but after buying a few more machines, we are about to have Windows 7 Pro too.

    We have been running our vanilla network with no major troubles, the kids have mandatory profiles and the staff have roaming ones. Both use folder redirection for things like documents and start menus etc. With Windows 7 about to happen though, we're not quite sure which route to take with profiles? Should we keep a mixture of roaming and mandatory profiles (one for XP, one for 7 etc)? Should we scrap roaming profiles and just use the locally generated ones being as we are already using folder redirection? Is there any major downside to giving the staff mandatory profiles? (it's only ever the roaming ones we have trouble with).

    Is there anyone out there with a similar sized network and if so, how do you do it?

    Cheers everyone

    A few people on here have been really helpful already but I just thought i'd ask about.

  2. #2
    Unvalidated User
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    the Pub
    Thank Post
    Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
    Rep Power
    I dont think they are compatible, they never used to be in older version of windows. So what I did then was to minimalise, mandatory, defaults and the like.
    Used to get errors on logon, office issues etc...

  3. #3
    Mr.Ben's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    A Pirate Ship
    Thank Post
    Thanked 157 Times in 126 Posts
    Blog Entries
    Rep Power
    I am in the same position as you, at the cusp of deciding.

    I'm in a special school though so I need to be able to change users settings and for those users to be able to roam with those settings.

    So here's my thinking -

    Individual roaming profiles for all student users, but then every folder redirected to the network (I assume that should stop them from being cached on the machine). That allows for me to make alterations to there profiles and for those profiles to roam without

    Some folders will be redirected to read only shares (e.g the desktop) so that I can keep control of desktop icons etc.

    For staff it is a little more complicated, and thats down to laptops which can be at home or away. There are only around 30 Laptops

    I'm going to allow roaming user profiles and redirect all folders on 'Internal' Machines and allow the profiles to be cached on the laptops. I will do this by using group policy 'loopback' so that redirection occurs on the internal machines only.

    Previously i've had a mandatory profile for all student users and then redirected everything to different folders. This doesn't allow for me to change cursors or visability options etc on a per user basis, which here is required.
    Last edited by Mr.Ben; 1st December 2010 at 04:28 PM.

+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Route Statement
    By LeonieCol in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20th September 2010, 12:00 PM
  2. add ip's allowed to route through vlan
    By andydis in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 6th September 2010, 05:55 PM
  3. Static route on smoothwall express 2.0
    By _Bat_ in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 1st September 2010, 02:01 PM
  4. Profile and domain advice
    By mrstephenw in forum Windows Server 2000/2003
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23rd June 2010, 10:51 AM
  5. What route to take?
    By BTCC_Fan in forum Courses and Training
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 6th January 2010, 12:00 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts