Thursday, February 21, 2008

Delete cached copies of roaming profiles

Using Group Policy to delete cached copies of roaming profiles

This article discusses how you can use Group Policy to delete locally cached copies of roaming profiles.

If you enable Group Policy, any local copy of a user's roaming profile is deleted when the user logs off. However, the roaming profile still remains on the network server that stores it.

You can configure a Group Policy Object (GPO) to perform the preceding behavior by performing the following steps:
1. Edit the GPO that you want to modify.
2. Locate the following section: Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System \ User Profiles.
3. Double-click Delete cached copies of roaming profiles (the Group Policy setting).
4. Click Enabled.

NOTE: The preceding steps involve a computer configuration setting. When Group Policy is applied to a container, such as an organizational unit, it can apply to all computers in that organizational unit and not necessarily to all users in that organizational unit. For example, if a user in the organizational unit that has this policy, logs on to a computer that is in another organizational unit that does not have this policy, a copy of the roaming profile can remain on the computer. Once this policy is applied to a computer it applies to all users that use that computer.

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