Problem: Domain setup for a group of public use workstations

23 May

For example: A computer lab or public library. 

Using the MS Whitepaper referenced in my last article and looking at the scenario comparison table, what I’d like to implement is closest to their provided “App-Station” template with a couple of tweaks. What I’d change are:

  • Number of users from Multiple to One (a single “patron” account)
  • Profile Persistence from “cached” to “Remove at Logoff”
  • Severely limit what’s displayed on the “Task Bar” and “Start Menu”

So in the end, the final template would be as follows:

  • Number of Users: 1
  • User Profile Type: Roaming/Mandatory
  • Profile Persistence: Removed at Logoff
  • Folder Redirection: N/A
  • User can customize: None
  • Task Bar and Start Menu: Severely Restricted
  • Assigned Applications: Few (in the 10-15 range, browsers, Office apps, plus a couple custom)
  • Published Applications: No (SW install/delete prohibited)
  • Security Context: User

The first scenario I tried was the basic “Multi-User” scenario to test the Profile delete at logoff, and of course it didn’t work – so now I’m beginning to wonder if there really is any way to enforce the profile to load from the network – even with mandatory profiles enabled and do not allow login without network profile  and delete local profile on logoff – it still logs in and uses a seemingly locally cached profile from the previous login.  When I re-boot, it DOES pick up the profile from the network at login, but then if I move icons around to change the desktop and logoff – and then log back in again, all the icons and desktop changes are still in place – it hasn’t pulled the “static” user profile from the network.  Very frustrating when you can’t even get the “Common Scenarios” to work.  Any ideas would be grand!

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