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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Maintaining User Profiles

A profile is an environment specifically customized for a user. The profile contains the desktop and program settings for the user. Every user has a profile, whether the administrator configures one or not, because a default profile is automatically created for each user who logs on to a computer. Profiles offer a number of advantages:

  • Multiple users can use the same computer, with the settings for each user restored at logon time to the same state as when he or she logged off.

  • Desktop changes made by one user do not affect any other user.

  • If user profiles are stored on a server, they can follow users to any computer on the network running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000, or Windows NT 4.

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