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  • Follow up: User profile and user data changes in Windows 8 vs primary computers

    Posted on April 13th, 2012 By Andreas Stenhall + No comments

    Windows 8 will allow you to set roaming user profiles and/or folder redirection to be applied only if the user login to his or her primary computer. During the Windows 8 roadshow I got a question if there is an opposite action I can take to use roaming profiles on all machines except some machines or one particular machine.

    The answer is yes, you can do this. As good as all organizations set the profile path on each user object in Active Directory, but as of Windows Vista and later there is a new group policy setting where you can set the roaming user profile path using GPOs instead.

    What this basically means is that you can apply a GPO with a roaming user profile path on certain computers where you want user profiles to be roamed, and keep for instance conference room computers out of this OU to make sure that users do not get their roamed profile on these machines.

    The GPO setting is found in Computer configuration\Administrative templates\System\User profile and is called “Set the roaming profile path for all users logging into this computer”. So if you have the profile path set on the user objects you need to remove those and make sure that you have the GPOs linked to the right OUs.

  • Who do not want to cache video and music files using offline files?

    Posted on August 16th, 2010 By Andreas Stenhall + 3 comments

    Even been in a scenario where users tend to put not only large files but also a large number of music and movie files in a folder which is redirected using folder redirection? Find relief in this new GPO setting which you can use to exclude certain file types from being cached on the client machines. You find the setting in Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Network > Offline files and the setting is called “Exclude files from being cached”. Now only the relevant files will be cached on the client machines, saving space and reducing network bandwidth.