User State

“Where’s my data?” “Where’s the spreadsheet I worked 20 hours on for the CEO?” “Where’s the irreplaceable wallpaper of my darling grandson Johnny hitting the game winning homerun?” These are the last questions any helpdesk technician or system administrator wants to hear, especially right after an OS installation.

User data is the reason that we all exist, and we want to handle it with special care. Adding users’ settings to their data gives us the users’ state. A major goal in any system migration is to prevent users from losing any productive time because they do not have or cannot find their data. Although it is definitely a best practice to have users store their data in a central location, such as a server-based file share or ...

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