PROFILES and SYNCHRONIZATION - Keeping logon times down?
I was just wondering what different stratergies people use to try and keep log on times down at their schools? We are currently using roaming profiles and offline folders for their home area. Years ago this was fine and worked well.
HOWEVER over the last few years we've seen profiles start to get larger and larger as well as teachers starting to work more with multimedia files like videos and music. End result of this is having user profiles that are often many gig in size taking the users sometimes upto 20 minutes to log on and off. With the home areas often containing videos and large collections of music it also means if a teacher logs on to a laptop for the first time it can take a long time for the initial synchronization of their home area to complete. In one instance with one of the drama teachers it took her almost 5 hours for all her video evidence files to be sync'd fully.
As we're pushing out new laptops to a fair few staff it's starting to become a big issue with logon times and initial sync times.
I was just wondering how do other schools set up their systems with regards to profiles and their home areas on laptops in order to try and keep logon times down?
Ideally I'd get rid of all the bloddy laptops and just stick a fat client in each room connected to the projector but seeing as how engrained the laptops are in the school that's not going to happen!