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saving of profile/files on the workstation

by alasinrin / October 18, 2006 11:37 PM PDT

Good day all,

am using windows 2003 server as my DC and windows xp at my workstations. when anyone log on at my workstion with his or her username and password, the person profile and files are save on my workstation. how can i stop saving to my workstation as this is consuming my hard disk space.

best rgds
Hammed A.

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Re: saving of profiles
by Kees Bakker / October 18, 2006 11:48 PM PDT


I don't think it is possible to tell XP they shouldn't be saved. But if you are administrator of that PC, you can delete them when these other persons don't need them anymore.

I assume this is happening in a company. Then - maybe - it isn't ''your'' computer, but the companies computer and the companies diskspace? If they don't provide you with enough diskspace for you to do your work ask your manager to order a bigger disk for you or reserve more disk space at the companies file server for you.

And why not contact the IT-staff with your problem? They configure both the server and your PC, so they should know about the details.


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You probably can't
by jackson dougless / October 18, 2006 11:49 PM PDT

My ActiveDirectory experience is pretty limited, so I can't say for sure that you can't disable this, but Windows does that to cache logins to save network traffic and load on the domain controller.

The space used is pretty minimal unless they're saving files of another kind on your system as well. If that's the case, a better method of dealing with the situation would be to implement a file server solution.

You could also try using roaming profiles for the domain, but it just shifts the disk requirements to the Win2K3 server, and will dramatically increase network traffic. A lot of people play with the idea of roaming profiles, because it sounds so great on paper, but once it's put into practice, it's usually abandoned pretty quickly.

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