School environment with single domain hosted on a dual Windows server environment (comprising 1 x Windows 2008 R2 server and 1 x Windows 2003 Server). Some desktops running Win XP, but all other desktops and ALL student laptops running Windows 7.
Currently using roaming profiles and login scripts to map drives to users own areas, set printers etc.
I want to move away from roaming profiles to help speed up the login process. The students don't need to be able to make any changes to their desktops so a standard 'default' desktop is required, with a couple of drives mapped on login. The students personal data is saved to their own personal areas on a network drive, i.e x:\\server\studentusers\username$ although occasionally they save work to a shared area on the network that is year group or key stage specific, another of the drive mappings required.
I know I need to stop the loading of roaming profiles by changing the user account properties in AD, but where do I start in configuring a standard desktop / profile, ideally held on each local drive that the students (and in fact staff) will default to when they login? I think this is the best way forward rather than go about having to have a locally stored profile for every student/staff member on every laptop) and instead just direct the login process to use this one locally stored profile. (More than happy to take advise if this isn't the best route!)
The main goal is to minimise the login traffic as much as possible, hence the move away from roaming profiles, give each user a 'standard' desktop' and automatically have their drives mapped to their network drives.
Can anyone advise me what areas I need to configure/reconfigure to get this ? Keeping in mind that half of the staff will be logging in either to a Win XP OR Win 7 desktop as well as their Win 7 laptops.
Many thanks in advance