Usefull tips regarding large roaming profile ?

Dejan Ilic svedja at
Tue May 4 18:52:27 GMT 1999

This should be a useful and clean solution to all people that complain
about long download of huge roaming profile. Can someone add this to a FAQ?

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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 11:58:00 -0600
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Subject: WNT Mag UPDATE, May 4, 1999

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Over time, roaming profiles get big and bulky. Service Pack 4 (SP4) 
introduced a user profile quota utility that controls the size of the 
user profile and requires that users delete files when they exceed the 
quota. SP4 also added a new function to the profile upload utility that 
lets users selectively disable profile folders from being copied back 
to the server. The best use of this new feature is disabling the upload 
of the Temporary Internet Files folder. 
  NT stores information regarding which folders to exclude in two 
Registry keys-- one key is set by user preferences and the other key is 
set by a system policy. When the user logs off, the system merges the 
two lists into one complete list. You can modify the local Registry of 
all affected workstations to specify which folders to omit from the 

  The following key stores user preferences:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Add the value ExcludeProfileDirs:REG_SZ:, and set the data for this 
entry to the directory names you want to omit from the upload. 
Directory names are relative to the root of the profile, and you must 
separate multiple directories by semicolons. To exclude the contents of 
the Temporary Internet files folder and the Personal folder from 
copying back to the server, create the following value entry: 

ExcludeProfileDirs:REG_SZ:Temporary Internet Files;Personal 

If you are running system policies, you'll find an equivalent checkbox 
in the common.adm and winnt.adm template files. Load the template 
winnt.adm, open Default User, and expand the Windows NT User Profiles 
key. Select Exclude directories in roaming profile, and enter the names 
of the folders you want to exclude in the field at the bottom of the 
dialog box. Use the same rules for folder names described in the manual 
edit above and separate folder names with a semicolon.

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