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Designing Lightly Managed Desktops

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Lightly managed workstations are often a good solution for advanced users, such as software developers, who require a lot of control over their computers. To implement a lightly managed workstation, perform the following tasks:

  • Set up Roaming User Profiles for users, so that their settings follow them to any computer they use.

  • Set up Folder Redirection and Offline Files. Any files that are redirected must be set as Offline Files, so that the users can continue to work on their important files in the event of network disconnection.

  • Set up Disk Quotas on the servers that contain redirected folders so that individual users cannot exhaust available shared disk space.

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