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Windows 7: Can A User Profile Be Stored On A Server?

14 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
Can A User Profile Be Stored On A Server?

I am managing a computer lab at a school. Because of the environment, every user is new to that machine when he or she logs in. It can take up to two minutes for Windows 7 to log in, and generate a new profile for the user. That is just too long. From the time the user logs in, to the time the computer is read to go, needs to be under a minute.

So here is my question: Is it possible to have a profile that is stored remotely on a server, and not on the local machine? We don't want to use roaming profiles, for the same reasons no one else uses roaming profiles. I want what I would call a "remote profile". I know I can redirect the Documents folder, we are already doing that. Can we redirect the entire profile?

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15 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

MongooseMan, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

The reason that Microsoft calls the profiles "Roaming" is exactly the reason that you found. It is for setting up a user on different machines but they will have the same maps and stuff available to them when they are not on their own workstation

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15 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

But it will also make a local profile the first time they log in. The first time is always the longest because it has to sync/create the whole profile.
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