Roaming profiles and mandatory group profiles
Posted on 2006-05-16
Working on our first DC and picking up quite a lot as we go !
I want 3 users in a particular dept to be able to use any one of 3 machines in their area, using roaming profiles so their desktops move with them, etc. It works fine but because their My Documents folder is synchronised every time with the server, all 3 users files are duplicated on all 3 clients as well as the server. I appreciate this is default behaviour but if their folders get large, the desktops are going to run out of space. What's the quickest way to change this behaviour and is it normal? Surely in bigger organisations, there could be 10's of users logging into different desktops and there would be duplicates all over the place, and very full desktop local drives!
I'm also trying to work out the best way to deal with standardising desktops for the above. I appreciate I can rename ntuser.dat to ntuser.man and prevent users' settings changes from being saved. I'd like all 3 desktops to be the same, and would prefer to use a GROUP mandatory profile, so all users get the same one, but I get the impression if I do that, e-mail settings and other user-specific environments like My Documents will also be standardised across all three desktops (we outsource e-mail so don't have an Exchange server). Is that correct?