15 users sharing 1 profile causes delays and errors when logging in. Is a mandatory profile the answer?
Posted on 2006-11-29
Greetings to all, I have 15 PCs who all login using the same profile. I have just rebuilt all of these PCs with a new image on new drives. Everything is working well except: If you login all of the PCs in a rapid sequence, some will not load the profile, and will give the generic message that the roaming profile cannot be found. Upon reboot they will work. As a test, I logged each one in and then waited 60 seconds to login the next and so on. When I do this, they all login perfectly everytime. So, I am assuming that all 15 of them asking the server for the same profile all at the same time is causing the error in loading the profiles. (This is random and not machine specific.) My question is twofold. First, is there any way to avoid this problem that someone may have allready used? Second, I was wondering if a "mandatory" profile would load any better. These PCs are pretty much locked down. The only thing these students access is a folder on the desktop that has shortcuts to educational type games. There are between 5 and 15 students using this profile before school, and again after school. They do not save anything in this profile. There are other profiles on the machines for older students that do save info.
The enviroment: W2K Server, dual 900 Mhz cpu's, 512 Ram, 4 SCSI drives, 18% free space, roaming profiles. This server is 6 years old.
Desktops: XP Pro sp2, 2.0 Ghz cpu, 256 ram, new 80GB 7200 rpm 8mb cache drives. Desktops have Panda AV installed which loads very slowly. (normal)
I have not had the chance to see if the other 2 profiles on these machines exibit the same behavior. Creating 15 different profiles is not an option. These PCs are used as "entertainment" for the younger students while waiting for school to start in the am, or their parents to pick them up in the pm. I am trying to avoid the
"fix by delaying the login" that we are using right now. Thanks in advance for your help and ideas!