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18 Why is logon with roaming profile taking so long to load?

I am using one roaming profile for 5,000 users, but I'm just testing right now. When I log in a user with that profile, it leaves the profile locally and takes a long time to load. I am using the mandatory profile. Do you have any advice?

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With a shared mandatory profile, you are still using a roaming profile. This means it must be transferred to the client system from the server host system every time a user logs on. I would use GPOs (group policy objects) to restrict the transfer of the history, Internet temporary, etc. folders, which are useless across sessions and between users, to help reduce its size. Otherwise, the delay you experience is due to the transmission speed of your network and the workload on the server.

This was first published in June 2003

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