Windows Profile How DoI?s(http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/HCS/howdoi/profiles/w_profiles_faq.htm)Q. Whats a Windows profile?A Windows users profile allows the user to have a personalized desktop environment. Thedesktop environment includes the content and arrangement of Start Menu groups, screen colors,desktop shortcuts, network and printer connections, and mouse / keyboard settings. When a newuser logs onto a computer, a profile is created automatically. While a user is logged on, changesmade to the desktop environment are saved to their user profile.Q. What types of profiles are available?In a network of computers like Haas, profiles can be either Local or Roaming. Local profiles areonly stored on the computer to which you log in. Roaming profiles are copied from your localcomputer to a network server when you log off, and are copied from the server to any Haasdomain computer you may log in to in the future.Q. How do profiles affect my computers performance?Since Roaming profiles are downloaded when a user logs on, and uploaded when the user logsoff, large user profiles degrade system performance. Not only do they cause long login delays forthe user, but they use excessive network capacity and waste the processing power of the profileservers, degrading system performance for all users. Using Local Profiles,and limiting the profilesize shorten the time it takes to log on and off and improve system performance for all users.Q. How large are typical profiles?Faculty and staff Roaming profiles are currently not limited. Some have grown to be in excess of1400 megabytes. In comparison, students profiles are limited to 4.5 megabytes, which hasproven to be adequate for most purposes. In discussions at meetings of the three Technology
Advisory Committees, the idea of limiting Staff and Faculty Roaming Profile size was acceptedas necessary to avoid degradation of network responsiveness.Q. Am I using a Local or a Roaming profile?Follow the instructions for your operating system at:Windows Windows2000 XPto determine what type profile you are using.Q. How large is my profile?The instructions for your operating system atWindows Windows XP2000will also show you your profile size.Q. How can I control my profile size? Avoid creating files or directories on the desktop, these files will be saved in your Roaming profile. Store these files in your home directory (H:). Monitor your profile quota to insure you will not be over and possibly create further problems with your Roaming profile. Be sure to log out each day, this will keep your profile up to date. Never save data to your profile. Some programs will prompt you to save files in the Windows "Personal" folder, this folder is located in your profile directory. Always save to your local workstation or home directory on the data server (H:). Be sure to periodically clear your "Recent Documents" list.Q. How can I reduce my profile size?You can reduce your profile size by using Windows Explorer to manage your Windows Profile.
Q. Would a Local or a Roaming profile be best for me?HCS recommends that Faculty and Staff who normally log into only one workstation use a LocalProfile so that their login will be faster. If you frequently use more than one computer and wantaccess to your desktop icons and user settings wherever you log in, you should use a RoamingProfile.Q. How can I get assistance and information on my profile?For assistance with your profile, please contact the Helpdesk athttp://helpdesk.haas.berkeley.edu, phone 510/642-0434 or toll free 866/642-0434.Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to the HCS Helpdesk.Last modified: July 2003Last modified by: R. Lozano Are you Looking for a Simple yet Effective Windows Profile Solution? triCerats profile solution improves the way your system accessesSolutions > Topics > profiles by virtualizing them, not altering them. Download a FREE Trial Today! Have a rough idea of what Windows user profiles are, but a bit fuzzy on the details? This article will provide an overview of Windows user
profiles, and outline the different types of profiles and their significance.An Overview of Windows ProfilesWhat is a Windows Profile?(http://www.tricerat.com/solution/topic/windowsprofiles)A Windows profile is simply a record of user-related data characterizing auser’s computing environment. This record may include display andapplication settings, along with network connections. What the user seeson the screen and what the user has access to when they log on is alldetermined by how the system administrator has the profile configured.Are there different types of Windowsprofiles?Yes, there are three different types of Windows profiles: local, mandatory,and roaming.Local Profiles: profiles that are saved on a single computer. Users cannot access their profilefrom any other machine, regardless of whether the machine is attached to the network or not.Mandatory Profiles: profiles that cannot be saved from one session to the next. A user mayutilize any machine that is connected to the network. However, once a user logs off, any settingpreferences made to the profile is permanently lost and must be reinstated at every log on. Thisensures a profile will remain small and easy to manage, but renders users powerless fromcustomizing their profile to their liking.Roaming Profiles: do just what the name implies—they move around with you. If you log on toone computer today, and a different computer tomorrow, youre making use of a roaming profile toload your customized user settings. Roaming profiles are saved on the network so when you logon to any networked computer, your personalized desktop is loaded no matter what machineyoure on. Users have full freedom of what’s on their profile, which is convenient for them, but canlead to problems such as slow log on times and server crashes.How do Windows profiles work with VDI?In a VDI environment, the users desktop is created as a clone of themaster image that is stored on the server. In order to deliver thecustomized desktop to the user, the clone desktop is combined with theroaming profile and the personalized desktop appears on the clientmachine.triCerat’s Simplify Profiles Finds a Middle
GroundBoth mandatory and roaming profiles have good and bad things to offer,both for the sys admin and end user. triCerat has a profiles solution to fitany organization with Simplify Profiles and Profiles AccelerationTechnology (PAT). triCerats solutions combine the best of both profiletypes into one powerful program. Users can customize and save theirsettings without endangering the network, and system administrators gaincontrol by having the final approval on the profile specific elements thatare saved.Simplify Profiles gives administrators complete control of windows profilesby allowing them to select exactly what profile sections are saved,keeping profiles smaller and minimizing corruption issues. PAT slasheslogin times and also reduces profile corruption with an installation andimplementation process that is remarkably simple and effective.