User profiles and roaming user profiles tips and tricks

Jason Rush, Technical Writer, Microsoft Corp.

User profiles and roaming user profiles tips and tricks 
By Jason Rush, Technical Writer, Microsoft Corp.

Profiles are basic to the system and they were part of Windows NT 4.0. Generally they work and are configured in Windows 2000 as was the case in Windows NT 4.0. When the user object is enabled with roaming user profiles, it is considered part of the IntelliMirror feature set.

  1. Redirect the location of My Documents folder outside of the user's roaming profile.

    The best way is with folder redirection. If you don't have Active Directory enabled, you can do this with a logon script or instruct the user to do so.

  2. Do not use Encrypted File System (EFS) with roaming user profiles, offline folders, or File Replication Service (FRS).

    EFS is not compatible with roaming user profiles, offline folders, or FRS.

  3. Don't set disk quotas too low for users with roaming profiles.

    If a user's disk quotas are set too low, roaming profile synchronization may fail. Make sure enough disk space is allocated to allow the system to create a temporary duplicate copy of a user's profile. The temporary profile is created in the user's context as part of the synchronization process, so it debits his or her quota.

  4. Don't use offline folders on roaming profile shares.

    Make sure that you turn off offline files for shares where roaming user profiles are stored. If you do not turn off offline folders for a user's profile, you may experience synchronization problems as both offline folders and roaming profiles try to synchronize the files in a user's profile.

    Note This does not affect using offline folders with redirected My Documents etc.

  5. If roaming profiles are stored on a Windows NT 4.0 share, ensure that users are given "Full Control" share permissions.

    If you are using Windows 2000 Professional in a Windows NT 4.0 domain, and the server hosting the profile share is a Windows NT 4.0 computer, make sure that users are given Full Control share permissions. Not having the share permissions set to Full Control will result in profiles not synchronizing.


This was first published in January 2001

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