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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Optimizing User Profile Configurations

Before looking at specific ways you can optimize Windows settings and handle user data, let’s look at the policy settings related to profiles themselves. Policy settings that control the user profile configuration are found under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles and User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles. As you read through this discussion, keep the following in mind:

  • A local user profile is created or retrieved each time a user logs on to a computer.

  • Changes to global settings and user data are stored in the local user profile and updated in a roaming profile when a user logs off.

  • User profile data is only accessible to the user for whom a profile ...

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