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How can I restore profiles in order to remove old files using Windows Server 2003?

An admin wants to know the easiest way to restore profiles (in order to remove old files) using the domain controller with Windows 2003 Server.

I administer a Windows 2000 training suite and need to restore profiles after a class to remove old files and prepare for the next student. What is the easiest way to do this using the domain controller with Windows 2003?
One way to do this would be to use Group Policy to run a script at logoff that erases the directory where the user/student has been allowed to place their files.

Another solution would involve using a third-party product such as Norton GoBack, which allows the entire system state to be rolled back. But this approach might be overkill if you're merely purging files.

This was first published in August 2005

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