The Microsoft Windows user roaming profile allows you to have a personalized desktop environment. You are able to customize your desktop, icons, and program settings and have these setting follow you to each Windows machine on the CS network. A default profile is generated for new users on their first login.
How it works
When you log in to a Windows machine for the first time, your profile is created based on the Default profile. Any changes you make are then saved to your profile.
Your profile is stored on the CS samba server. Each time you log in to a windows machine, this profile is transfered from the server to the local computer and stored under C:\Documents and Setting\username\. When you log out your profile, along with any changes you have made, is then transfered back to the server and deleted from the local machine.
If your windows profile becomes too large or corrupt, you may have trouble logging in to the Windows machines or running programs.
A size greater then 15-25mb is excessive and will result in a long wait each time you log on/off of a windows machine. The most common problem is the storage of large files on the desktop and Internet browser's cache directory.
To reduce the size of your profile, either clean it up or reset it. Removing large files from the desktop may be a good place to start.
Resetting a corrupt windows profile:
Your windows profile is stored on the samba server and can only be accessed by an administrator. Occasionally, a windows profile will become corrupt and need to be reset. If you would like your profile reset stop by our workroom in C122 or email us.