Automatically delete domain user'sprofile when logged out form workstation RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi guys 

    I'm working in a school environment where there are more 300PCs and aboud 100 laptop used by teachers and students constantly. They logged in with the domain account they are granted. 

    The current problem is that in one device there will be many user's profile on local hard disk . The profile folder is created everytime someone logs in. It will make the C drive full verry fast 

    Are there any ways automatically delete user's profile when they log out form workstation?

    Thank you verry much for all your help

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:50 PM

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  • There's probably a few ways you can tackle this:

    1. If the computers reboot fairly often than you can configure -- > Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> System --> User Profiles. Set delete profiles after a specific number of days. ** You don't want to do this on a GPO for staff computers but more lab type computers.

    2. Folder redirection... Profiles are more lightweight but you'll have to configure file shares and quotas. You can do this with user creation scripts that provision user folders and apply appropriate permissions for each user. 

    3.) Drop certain student groups into the Guest Users group on the local machines. This will require extensive testing with your software because they basically log in with a temp profile that gets deleted after logout. Kind of like a kiosk.


    A user just like you

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:45 PM
  • Hello Seth

    Is good to hear from you

    Thank you verry much for your reply

    On my company, all the staff have their own account include office 365 and OneDrive that have 1TB capacity.

    So on the public computer we only have 1 C drive to store the OS file

    Friday, May 29, 2020 12:49 AM
  • Do you have space concerns on certain workstations like lab machines that many users use? Smaller SSD hard drives could be an issue for storage but most spindle disks usually have plenty of profile space. Folder redirection can be difficult to automate for a large group of students but the benefit is their profile footprint will be smaller and they get access to their docs, desktop, etc on any machine they log into. Do you have an example of how large the profiles are getting on some of these machines? Creating a GPO for deleting older profiles on lab machines might be a good idea as students tend to change classes each semester. When I worked for a school district (many years ago) we reimaged machines over the summer and the documents folder was redirected.


    A user just like you

    Friday, May 29, 2020 7:40 PM