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Establishing Roaming and Mandatory Profiles - Page 3

Profiles make life easier for both users and administrators. Part 2 of our series on Creating User Profiles demonstrates how to create roaming and mandatory profiles.

 By Brien M. Posey
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Mandatory Profiles

As I mentioned, mandatory profiles are simply read-only versions of the standard roaming profiles I've already discussed. Creating a mandatory profile is probably one of the simplest administrative tasks you'll ever perform. If you look in each individual profile directory, you'll find a hidden file called NTUSER.DAT. This file contains all the user-configurable aspects of the profile. To create a mandatory profile, simply rename this file NTUSER.MAN.

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Conclusion

As I've explained in this series, you can use profiles to make the users' lives easier, your life easier, or both. Roaming and mandatory profiles can be very handy to both administrators and users. //

Brien M. Posey is an MCSE who works as a freelance writer. His past experience includes working as the director of information systems for a national chain of health care facilities and as a network engineer for the Department of Defense. Because of the extremely high volume of e-mail that Brien receives, it's impossible for him to respond to every message, although he does read them all.

This article was originally published on Dec 4, 2000
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