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

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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$\%Username%.
Under each user's profile folder, create four new folders, named exactly like the values you set the "LabType" variable to, so that you'll have
\\Server\Profile$\%Username%\Lab1
\\Server\Profile$\%Username%\Lab2
\\Server\Profile$\%Username%\Lab3
\\Server\Profile$\%Username%\Lab4
Now change the roaming profile path for each user to \\Server\Profile$\%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.
Thanks!
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