Citrix Profiles using up too much space

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Hi All,
I am having a problem with the way the Citrix Farm is setup.  We have  users in remote districts that connect to the Citrix Farm in the head office.  One of the applications that they use is Internet Explorer to go over the internet.  I know the issues, risks, etc involved in this and it cannot be changed at this time.  When a user opens up IE and starts browsing, it stores the Temporary Internet Files on the C:\documents and Settings\%username%\local settings profile on the server.  The servers C:\ drive is not very big and it is keep getting filled.  I have tried to setup a terminal services profile path in Active Directory to another server with no luck.  

So, does anyone know of a way to either:
1. Limit the amount of Temporary Internet Files each user can save?
2. Move the Temp files to another server
3. Any other way?

Oh yeah, I am using Citrix Presentation server 4.5 installed on a Windows 2003 R2 Standard box.  The users use the Citrix Agent for connection.

Thanks for your help!
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You can do a few things to mitigate this.  First, you can set a GPO that deletes user profiles upon logoff (  Also, there is a way to make new profiles create on an alternate drive if you have a second drive/partition.  
Create a group policy that applies to your terminal servers, and set it to limit the temp files.

You can move the location of the C:\documents and Settings to another drive, too.

Here's how to do that (scroll down to Entire Folder).  We do this on our terminal servers.;en-us;236621


When you say:

Create a group policy that applies to your terminal servers, and set it to limit the temp files.

Can I create that GPO on apply it to my Citrix Server?  I just did, so we will see what happens!  :)

I will try the other if this fails.  Thanks for the responses, I will check back in a day or two.
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You create an OU to stick your terminal/Citrix servers in, then link a GPO to that OU.  That is probably what you did right? You can always get old school with things and run a script every night that purges the user profiles (or just the temp internet files locations).  
Redirect C:\documents and Settings and User Desktops to Users home drive which will be on the network share
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