Can I do Roaming profiles per computer lab, not per user?

Posted on 2005-03-03
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
A roaming profile keeps the desktop environment for a user...such as program settings, desktop picture, and stuff. I have 4 unique computer environments where applications / computer model / settings are specific to that area. I have about 1500 users that switch between all 4 different areas too, but I want a standard environment for each of the 4 areas. A roaming profile goes with each users...but Can I do a roaming profile per computer such as each lab has its own? Also, it would be a manditory .man user profile and have a complementary backup via group policy so it wont be saved or changed so users cannot accidentally mess up or hack up the profile.
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The good news: You can.
The bad news: It involves changing your profile structure and your machines a bit.
On each machine, define a system(!) environment variable, named, for example, "LabType"; set it according to the machine's lab name, for example Lab1, Lab2, Lab3, Lab4.
Reboot the machines.
I'm assuming you currently have a profile folder setup like \\Server\Profile$\%Username%.
Under each user's profile folder, create four new folders, named exactly like the values you set the "LabType" variable to, so that you'll have
Now change the roaming profile path for each user to \\Server\Profile$\%UserName%\%LabType%
That would be the solution for roaming profiles.
For mandatory profiles, it's basically the same setup, but you don't need a separate profile folder for each user. The mandatory profile path would then look like \\Server\Profile$\Mandatory\%LabType%.
You can of course test that with a single account on a single machine ...

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That is one heck of a hack. Unfortunately, its about the only method that will get the job done. I think we are not quite ready for roaming profiles yet, but I have some info for the future.

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