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Roaming Profiles

What is a Roaming Profile?

Your roaming profile is a set of folders which is stored on a CSIS server. It stores your desktop settings as well as anything you place on your desktop, like web links, or documents. Every time you login, these set of folders are transmitted to the local PC. Your profile is intended to be used to store your desktop settings only, otherwise profiles become too large and slow down login across the network. Profiles should not to be used to store any user data or active documents. Roaming profiles are NOT backed up. Any data lost due to deletion of your profile cannot be recovered. Roaming profiles over 10MB in size are deleted regularly. A roaming Profile is everything within the C:\WINNT\Profiles\IDNumber folder on the PC. Here the ID Number is 9418911.

The size of your Roving Profile can be checked by right clicking the folder containing your ID Number, and clicking on Properties:

The Properties Dialog will then be displayed:

It is important to note that roving profile quotas are enforced by a program that runs automatically every day and sends email notifications to offenders using Martin.Leonard's email name. There are no exceptions possible, even for special cases (your project needs large files etc.)Therefore it is strongly advised that you save your work onto floppie or better still zip disks. Additional information is available from the following links( Please note that the following links point to ITD owned web pages. As they were created in Microsoft Frontpage they are not suitable to be viewed in Netscape due to the presence of frontpage extensions.)

Roaming Profiles -ITD
Roving Profile(Print Version)

Profile Quota

The limit for all profiles is 4MB. There are no exceptions possible, even for special cases (your project needs large files etc.). Large Profiles have to be copied to the workstation every time you log on and copied back to the Profile Server when you log off. The larger the profile, the longer it takes to log on, and off. All this network traffic degrades the overall performance of the campus network. When the Profile Server disk is full, it will fail to record your profile when you log off. This is why many students have had to have their profiles 'reset' in the past. Files lost in this way are NOT recoverable. Profiles are not backed up. You should not rely on them to store files. Always have a backup copy of important files.

Reducing Size of Profile

If your profile goes over 4MB you will receive a warning to reduce the size of your Profile. Firstly, make sure that you empty the folder titled 'Temporary Internet Files'. If your Profile is over 4MBs, first make sure you have a backup of any important files, then delete any large files. Leave Ntuser.dat and ntuser.dat.LOG files alone as they store your preferences, mail settings etc. To check the size of any of these folders, select the folder and right click the mouse, select properties from the resulting options and it will tell you the size of the folder. You will not be able to recover files that you have deleted yourself. However, if you receive an email stating that your profile has been deleted it may be possible to recover files if you act quickly. At this point you must remember that the administration staff will run a script at night which will reduce your profile size to the allowed maximum. Therefore turning off your machine when logging out will not solve the problem.

Roving Profile in Linux

Currently roving profile size is not enforced in Linux. However this is subject to change should the need arise. Currently the your profile space should not exceed 80mb. To check the size of your profile move to the root of you directory tree and type the following command du -ah. The output will show the size of each file in your profile. The final figure will be the total size of your profile.

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University of limerick, limerick, Eire

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