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Windows profile


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Windows profile

  1. 1. Windows Profile How it worksThere are two types of windows profiles, local and roaming (default for most users).Roaming ProfileA roaming profile is the default profile type within the department; it will follow you to anycomputer that you work on. Every time you log on, your roaming profile is checked withDemeter, one of our domain controllers. Any changed files are at synchronized at this point.Each person has his/her own individual profile stored on Demeter in the profiles directoryunder his/her username. Logging on to a computer accesses your profile and loads it tomake it available to you. You are then able to use that computer as it if were your personalcomputer even if it is not. At the end of your session when you log off, your roaming profileis updated on Demeter with any changes you have made on that computer though a fewcache directories are excluded. You will be able to access your new profile from any othercomputer you want to work on.Local ProfileThe local profile is not the default type of profile within the department, but rather is whenthe data and config files are kept on the local machine. Any changes that are made to alocal profile are kept only on that machine. The local profile is stored in the Documents andSettings folder on your C: drive. What it StoresThe majority of the information stored on your Windows Profile is your personal desktop.Along with your desktop, the other things your profile stores are your My Documents,Internet Explorer favorites, your printer definitions, and user-defined drive mappings. If youare a MS-Outlook user your email, address book, and calendar are also stored on yourprofile.The following directories are not synced to the profile server at logon/logoff, and the spacethey consume does not count toward the roaming profile quota:Application DataMicrosoftHTML HelpApplication DataSymantecPackagerVSWebCacheLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftTerminal Server ClientApplication DataOperaApplication DataMozillaApplication DataGoogleGoogleEarthApplication DataThunderbirdApplication DataSunJavaDeploymentcacheMy DocumentsMy MusicDo NOT store data and important documents on your local profile, this is what your K:/drive is for.
  2. 2. NotesIf you log on to two computers at once, the local profile of the last machine you log out of isgoing to be the local profile that is kept as your roaming profile on Demeter. If you make achange you want to keep on one computer while logged on to another make sure you donot close the profile you want to save until the other is completely done logging off. This willprevent the loss of any changes that were made. TroubleshootingRoaming Profile will not loadThe first thing to do is check to see whether or not there are link lights on your networkcard. Many times the ethernet cord has simply slipped out of the network card and lost theconnection so you cannot access your profile.You can also try power-cycling your machine. This will often times set something back intoplace and allows you to gain access to your profile, otherwise feel free to to have the systems staff assist you.You cannot log offThis problem often occurs when you have recently added something to your local profilethat makes it exceed its 100MB limit. This could be a large document or movie for example.Do *not* save large files to your desktop - instead, make shortcuts from the Desktop tosome other location on the harddrive or to your home directory where there is more spacefor storage. If you would like to check what you have stored on your profile simply click on the "Profile Storage Space" Icon located in your taskbar. This lists both the files and their sizes so you can see what is taking up space on your profile.