I need some help with User Profiles / DeepFreeze / School Environment / Netware
Posted on 2009-05-03
I am sure hoping someone can give me some direction. We are migrating from Netware to all Active Directory in a school environment this summer break. Currently, we user Netware E-Directory for authentication. Every PC has a generic user account and profile on the LOCAL machine. We tweak the registry so that this generic user is automatically logged in after the Netware user logs in...
For example.... no matter who logs in, the same local user account is used.
Jdoe (e-directory) / GenericUser (local windows user)
BSmith (e-directory) / GenericUser (local windows user)
We redirect the My Documents, etc. folder to point to a network drive (H:) that gets mapped to the particular users home directory.
All of our computers user DeepFreeze which essentially wipes any changes every reboot.
This simple setup is VERY effecient. It gives the illusion of roaming profiles since they can access their documents, internet favorites, etc. from any computer. Log in times are fast since the windows login is just using the generic user on the local hard drive.
Now, we are going to be moving to all active directory this summer and I can't figure out how to do the same thing without slowing things down considerably...
So far this is my strategy / concern...
1. Use folder redirection GPO to centralize all users home directories, etc and make available from any PC.
2. Since DeepFreeze wipes all changes from the local hard drive on reboot, profiles must either roam or be recreated each login.
3. We want all desktops to always look the same, so Mandatory Profiles seem to makes sense.
4. Even if you use a mandatory roaming profile, it still has to cache it locally each time you FIRST log in, but since we're using DeepFreeze, it will create it every login correct?
Is there any way to create ONE Mandatory Local Profile that each user shares?
I could use some advice / direction on this