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Roaming profiles get corrupted resulting in the ntuser.dat file to be 256 K instead of what it used to be.

Posted on 2008-10-29
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I don't particularly like roaming profiles but I have to deal with them.  This is a general question.  I suspect if a network connection has lower bandwidth and the local profile is not releasing right that this causes the roaming profiles to become corrupted and when I look on the server at their profiles the ntuser.dat file is 256 K in size when it used to be much larger.  We curtail quite a few things from not roaming.  We do have people that sometimes place a large amount of files on their desktop and that roams with them.  I routinely need to contact them to get the size of their local profiles down.  I heard that  we could run UPH Clean everytime people log off and that could help performance.  Once their profile is corrupted I rename their roaming profile and have them log off and rename any local profiles and have them start over.  I am just curious if anyone is doing things differently.  I am sorry that I do not have more info on our NAS servers as we have a server and storage team than handles them and I don't know all the details of the infrstructure we have in place.  I am new to this forum and want to also see what kind of a resource this can be for me.  Thank you.
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Well one thing that you could do to ensure that the users stop saving things to their local profiles is to enable the mandatory profile by changing ntuser.dat to ntuser.man. This would make the profile the same each time a user logs on. After losing data saved to the profile once or twice users will get the point.

You could also configure group policy to redirect all of their folders to their network drives. This would make sure that they are putting their stuff on the server instead of the roaming profile.
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