Disabling Profile Caching on NT4.x

Dana Canfield canfield at uindy.edu
Tue Apr 21 00:16:56 GMT 1998

Out of curiosity, is there any way to get around this problem with a real NT PDC?  I
NTWorkstation doesn't support quotas, but does NTServer?  Does MS just assume
that your servers have infinite space?  Just wondering.


Wolfgang Ratzka wrote:

> Daniel Fonseca wrote:
> >
> > The problem is that, still, NT downloads the profile and except for it
> > being mandatory, it has no regard for disk quotas in the linux box (every
> > writing in the desktop is actually to the "C drive", for example) and only
> > when the profile should be updated the quotas have effect (efective
> > writing in the "H drive" or whatever), possibly failing due to quota
> > exceeding, and (haven't tried it) upon failing of the update of the
> > roaming profile, since NT does not cache it, maybe some data loss happens
> > here (files in the Desktop, etc.) ?
> Yes, of course, you loose, one alway looses ;-).
> > My problem is that I'd like to give users non-mandatory profiles but have
> > them use always their home drive (H: in this case), instead of them
> > writing on the C drive as is the case of their profile (desktop, etc.).
> Well there are some things that have their place in the profile (relatively
> small configuration files). Of course, sooner or later some user will be tempted
> to put a 10MByte The_Only_Copy_Of_My_PHD_Thesis.DOC onto the desktop, because
> it's such a nice and prominent place. Logged off once, logged back on again,
> and whoppe!
> The other problem is that a plain vanilla installation of MS Office 97 will
> by default place new documents into the "Personal Files" folder of the user's
> profile. (This might not be the exact name - I'm translating back from
> MS-Deutsch "Eigene Dateien").
> > I do this in Win 95 by policies specifying their desktop to be h:\desktop
> > and so forth for the Start Menu, etc.
> > Can anyone do such a thing in Win NT?
> Yes ist is definitely possible.
> (see HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\UserShellFolders)
> I've successfully tried to redirect at least the "Desktop" folder and
> the "Personal" folder, which should be redirected to the user's homedirectory
> --
> Wolfgang Ratzka (per Modem von zu Hause)
> Where do you want to go tomorrow?

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