Mandatory Profiles and Folder Redirection

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

My network is based on a SBS 2003 domain containing about 50 Windows XP, Vista and 7 clients. Within the 50 clients are about 15 notbooks present. All users have a roaming profile, which is needed because users switch places all the time.

The big problem here is that these profiles seem to grow by the minute. Users save documents to their desktop and in the My Documents folder. Every user has access to a personal folder on a fileserver. The network connection is created as the Z-drive through a logonscript. This should be the place where they save all the data that is not directly relevant to a project. But telling them over and over again won't do the trick :).

What I want is to create a more professional enviroment, like I see in other companies around me. No more saving files to the desktop and My Documents, and forcing them to save to the personal Z-drive.

What is a proper way to achieve this?
Question by:SvenIA
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    hi by using folder redirect in your GPO settings:

    Managing Documents with Folder Redirection

    Folder redirection is a component of IntelliMirror that allows administrators to redirect the path of the following folders to a new location: My Documents (and its subfolders My Pictures, My Music, and My Videos), Application Data, Desktop, and Start Menu. These folders are located by default in each user’s profile on the local computer. The most commonly redirected folders are those that contain large amounts of user data—My Documents and its subfolders. Although it is not a recommended practice to store large amounts of data on the Desktop, users in some organizations do, and the Desktop folder can be redirected as well.

    The new location can be another folder on the local computer or a directory on a network share. Users work with documents on a server as though the documents were stored on the local drive.

    There are benefits to redirecting any folder, but redirecting the My Documents folder can be particularly advantageous:

    No matter which computer on the network the user logs on to, the user’s documents are always available.

    You can use Group Policy to set disk quotas and limit the amount of space taken up by users’ folders.

    You can back up data stored on a shared network server as part of routine system administration. This is safer and requires no action on the part of the user.

    User data can be redirected to a hard disk on the user’s local computer other than the disk where the operating system files are located. This protects the user’s data if the operating system must be reinstalled.
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    I agree with Folder Redirection, but I would not implement Mandatory Profiles..... Too much trouble, with little gain..... I reserve those more for the kiosk "shared" machine.....

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