"Delete cached copies of roaming profiles" not working

Posted on 2006-05-20
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have been having a problem with the "delete cached copies of roaming profiles" group policy setting. I have a test setup as follow:

1) Windows 2003 Small Business Server Standard Edition with all updates

2) Windows XP SP2 with all updates workstation joined to domain through "servername\connectcomputer"

The regular group policy objects seem to work. I'm even able to enforce password policies, etc. But I can't get this object to work.

I created a new GPO, its only setting is to enable delete cached copies of roaming profiles. I linked it to SBSComputers (the default containter for the new machines and the containter for my linked up workstation), but when I logout the folders for the users that have been on the computer are still there.

Any ideas?

Question by:ssittig
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    Only *roaming* profiles (not local profiles!) will be deleted on logoff, and only of the user logging off; so if you already had 10 people logging on to that machine, then enabled the policy, and logged on and off with your account, at least the 9 others will still be there when you logoff. If you're not using roaming profiles, this policy has no effect.
    In addition, you should install the UPHClean service on the machines on which you plan to enable this policy. This makes sure that the user's registry can be closed; otherwise, the profile might not be deleted.
    User Profile Hive Cleanup Service
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    I'll give that a shot and see how it works out.

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    Worked like a charm. I thought this GP setting would remove all of the old cached profiles also. I didn't realize I had to manually delete them. I was also unaware that I had to use the UPHCS in conjuction with it.

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    Expert Comment

    You don't *have* to use the UPHCS with it, but it makes the deletion more reliable.

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