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UserResourceCleanup

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Shaun Vermaak
My name is Shaun Vermaak and I have always been fascinated with technology and how we use it to enhance our lives and business.
High user turnover can cause old/redundant user data to consume valuable space. UserResourceCleanup was developed to address this by automatically deleting user folders when the user account is deleted.

Introduction


A GPO exist that can be configured to automatically delete old user profiles and a process such as CircularLogArchivercan be used to clean up log or old data but what about user data?


UserResouceCleanup can take care of this by monitoring the user data folders and Active Directory.


Configuring UserResourceCleanup


a) Download and extract UserResourceCleanup.zip (here is VirusTotal scan) to a folder of your choice on the computer which it will be scheduled to run on.


b) Run Configurator.exe (Configurator Editor).


c) On the Encrypt tab, enter the password for the account that will be performing the automated placement task. Encrypt it with key bRK92kDpCqpnPMEtFp1cdJXixgqOqSKFUZ and record encrypted password



d) On the Settings tab, enter the domain information, connection username and the encrypted password recorded in step c. Configure UserNameMatch to a RegEx query that will match user account format. If you do not have a specific format, use .*



e) On the UserFolderLocations tab, specify folders to monitor to redundant user data



f) On the UsersToSkip tab, specify user folders to skip



g) Save configuration files

h) Schedule UserResourceCleanup.ConsoleApp.exe as a scheduled tasks


Conclusion


Using this process will keep recover space by removing old/redundant user data, just make sure that you have backups to cheap/slower storage in case you need to recover data.


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Hi Shaun,

That's great.  I would 'thumbs up' but for some reason, it won't let me right now.

Alan.
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Not accepted yet, just finished it now :)
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Still won't let me 'thumbs up' - No indication why though.
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Okay - I'll curb my enthusiasm!
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There's no reason you shouldn't be able to give the article the thumbs up.  Look for the thumb just under the article.

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by:John
Interesting article. At my main client, we are not currently seeing high turnover (which is a good thing), but I have made a note and when there is an opportunity, we will try it out.

Thank you.
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Thumbs up working now - thanks!

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