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GPO for Redirection of Cached User Profiles when Slow Link is Detected

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  • Running Windows Server 2012 R2

    I work in a school environment and slowly migrating to 2012 R2 from 2008 R2.  Right now we have the kiddos logging in to the new 2012 platform using roaming profiles.  Everything works fine except we are getting a slow link detection on the 2008 file server (where GP on the DC says to store the user profiles) thus causing cached user profiles to be stored on the 2012 R2 machine. I would like to redirect this caching when slow link is detected to a different 2012 R2 machine with more storage space. 

    Can this be done with GP?  Local or at the DC? 

    Thanks in advance!

      


    Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:54 PM

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  • Hi MarkusVanMeter,

    Thanks for your post.

    I'm not sure you could directly redirect the cached User Profiles to another server when in slow link. As far as I know, the cache user profile is a local copy of profile to load if the system did detect a slow network connection. It is saved locally.

    From the related article from MS, it is recommended to use the Delete cached copies of roaming profiles policy setting to specify that locally cached versions of roaming user profiles be deleted when the user logs off. It will allow you to save disk space.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781862(v=ws.10).aspx

    And if you want to change the location to another driver, you refer to the registry key. Please backup the registry if you need to change.

    Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Vesion\ProfileList

    Value: ProfilesDirectory

    Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ

    Data: The local folder where you want to store user profiles. By default, this is "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2005/06/30/434209.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


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    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 3:13 AM
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  • Hi MarkusVanMeter,

    Thanks for your post.

    I'm not sure you could directly redirect the cached User Profiles to another server when in slow link. As far as I know, the cache user profile is a local copy of profile to load if the system did detect a slow network connection. It is saved locally.

    From the related article from MS, it is recommended to use the Delete cached copies of roaming profiles policy setting to specify that locally cached versions of roaming user profiles be deleted when the user logs off. It will allow you to save disk space.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781862(v=ws.10).aspx

    And if you want to change the location to another driver, you refer to the registry key. Please backup the registry if you need to change.

    Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Vesion\ProfileList

    Value: ProfilesDirectory

    Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ

    Data: The local folder where you want to store user profiles. By default, this is "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2005/06/30/434209.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Mary Dong


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 3:13 AM
    Moderator
  • Mary,

    Thank you so much.  I got lost in these forums.  Very helpful.

    Best


    Markus

    Monday, November 30, 2015 3:40 PM