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Setting Quotas on User Profiles

Updated: March 28, 2003

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

To manage the size of a user profile, you can set a maximum profile quota or remove local copies of a user’s roaming profile from the workstation when a user logs off.

To set a maximum profile quota

  1. Open the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in.

  2. In User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles, double-click the Limit profile size policy setting.

  3. In the Limit profile size Properties page, click Enable, specify the options you want to use, and then click OK.

To remove local copies of a user’s roaming profile from the workstation when a user logs off

  1. Open Group Policy Object Editor.

  2. In the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles folder, double-click the Delete cached copies of roaming profiles policy setting.

  3. Click Enable, and then click OK.

Deleting cached profiles when the user logs off adds time to the logon process; however, it is recommended for workstations in locations that are not secure. User profile data needs to be treated as confidential. Ideally, such data is only retained on computers that are physically secure.

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