Best Practice - Teacher AD Profiles

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i am looking for suggestions.
can anyone tell me what the norm, best way to set up teacher computers in a school setting?
we have microsoft win 7 pro pcs and server with ad.
currently all the teachers computers are connected to workgroup. i have created an account in ad for all of the teachers, but they currently still login to the local computer.
do you set them to login to the domain on the computer?
do you just give them a share in their profile?
do you redirect their folders?
thank you
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There isn't really a best practice. I can tell you what I do though.

1. Every teacher (and student for that matter) has a unique AD account that they log into. Some of our SPED children and 4 year olds use a generic account though.

2. They all log in with domain credentials. There are no local credentials available for them.

3. I use folder redirection so that they can access their files from any computer.

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do you ever have roaming profile issues?
you have been logged into a temporary profile?
cant create new objects?
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I don't use roaming profiles - just folder redirection. They are two different technologies (that can be combined if you wish).
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can you tell me the difference between the two?

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It all depends on how the amount of disk space you have available.
Of course, all users should log on to the domain accounts.
You can set for each user a separate place as home folder - it is good for store files and folders
Folder redirection can be set if users log on to different computers.
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In a nutshell, roaming profiles copies the local user's profile (C:\Users\joseph\) up and down from a remote share. Folder redirection changes the location of certain folders in the profile to share. I prefer folder redirection - very little impact on the user - very easy to manage.

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can you tell me how to set up without using roaming profiles?
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https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799(v=ws.10).aspx

I am also working on a folder redirection guide on my blog that digs a little deeper than that Microsoft link. It will be ready in the next day or so.

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