Windows Profiles Through The Years
How profiles developed/evolved, how managing them has changed (past, present & future)
Technical Evangelist at Howell Technology Group
Windows User Profile
Profile = Apps, Data, Configuration
- Speed of logon
- File type associations
- View settings
Windows NT – multi-user Windows!
Windows NT 3.x & 4.0 provided us with a true user profile for the first time
Local, Roaming, Mandatory & Temporary Profiles
Windows XP & Server 2003
Windows Vista/7/Server 2008/R2
Windows 8 /8.1/Server 2012/R2
Was meant to be backwards compatible but didn’t work well.
Windows 10/Server 2016
Junction points removed
Anatomy of current user profile
The big questions…
If the answer is yes, consider managing profiles
MS Roaming profiles – Problem they get big resulting in slow logon
Roaming Profiles + folder redirection (Traditional solution) – Problem. “Last writer wins” “Profile failure”
Roaming Profile Problems – Summary
ONLY USE ROAMING PROFILES with a simple application
Profile management tools
Lite – Microsoft User Profile Disks, limited support (fslogix – profile contains)
High end – Ivanti (Was appsense)
Look at Microsoft Enterprise State Roaming
Blog Post – Setting up FSLogix in Azure
ISSUE – Security for net use command. Key is very powerful, be careful.
Use reg key to ensure local copy.
Key Decision points
Profile management is very important… but a cloud-based solution should be the way forward.