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W95 User Profiles & Netware 3.12

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I am setting up a classroom of W95 PCs that will be connected using a Netware 3.12 network. There are two issues bothering me with this:

1. Is there ANY way to prevent Windows from caching user   profiles on the local hard drive (the Profiles    directory)? Because my users have no permanent workstation, they move around all the time. Sometimes I need to reset their profiles, but doing it on the server is useless because Windows keeps loading the profile from hard drive. I HAVE set-up HPFS name-spacing on the SYS volume (I can save long file names).

2. When a user logs on for the VERY first time (he still has no profile in the MAIL directory and in the Profiles dir.), where does Windows take the initial profile, desktop & start menu from? Is there a way to make it load a pre-defined one found on the SERVER? (NOT policies! I want users to have their OWN profile in the MAIL directory, but on the FIRST login, make Windows take the defaults from somewhere I want).

I tried Microsoft tech support, they don't know (as usual).

                                                 10x,
                                                 Tal

BTW: If there is no free way of doing this, commerical solutions will also be appriciated.
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henrie earned 100 total points
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This is from Novell support:

Profiles and NetWare
Windows 95 workstations using Client 32 will store user profile information on the NetWare server. For NetWare 3.1x servers, the users profile is stored in the users mail directory which is automatically created when the NetWare user is created with SYSCON. For NetWare 4.1, user profiles are stored in the users home directory as defined in the NDS user object. Before profiles will be stored, user profiles must be enabled on the workstation. This is done in the Passwords option in Control Panel.

Mandatory Profiles
Mandatory profiles can be defined to create a standard workstation configuration. This is initially done by setting up a Windows 95 workstation to the desired configuration. This will create a copy of USER.DAT that contains the desired configuration. This file should then be renamed to USER.MAN and placed in all users MAIL or Home Directory depending on what version of NetWare is being used. If USER.MAN is present when the workstation logs onto the network, this file will be used to load settings in the registry rather than any previously defined profile.

I think this answers your question,
good luck,
Henrie.
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by:tall
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This is not exactly what I meant. I want to FORCE windows to save the user profile on the server and disable the caching on the local hard-drive (in the C:\WINDOWS\Profiles directory).

The second issue was where windows takes the INITIAL profile from (when a user logs on for the first time) and how can I make it take it from the server.

But 10x anyway!

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