Edit users files in profiles folder on server

Posted on 2013-09-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-11
Scenario is this: partition on server where profiles are stored is too small for the users profile to be saved back to the server when they logoff. Therefore even if I delete files at the local level to make their overall profile smaller, it doesn’t get saved to the server. Then when the user logs on again it will bring back the ‘old’ profile with of course all the files you deleted. I need to get into the users folder on the server and delete files that are ‘trapped’ in their profile. The issue I see is as administrator I have to take ownership of this folder which may fowl things up. How can I delete the ‘trapped’ files? Can the users profile on the server be deleted and recreated on the next logon? Trying to wean the users off roaming profiles. Don’t really like them.
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I agree roaming profiles don't work that well. Folder redirection is where its at! However to answer your question i would do exactly what you said, take ownership. This only messes things up if you don't manually add the user to the folder permissions with full access. Give that a try and see if you are able to delete things from there.

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So what you're suggesting is to go ahead and take ownership as administrator. Then give the user full permissions to the folder. That way they'll be able to use their profile as they always have before the administrator takes ownership.
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that is correct. I have had this issue before and that is exactly what i have done. as long as the user has full access they won't notice anything has changed.

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