profiles are intended for laptop users or mobile-device users who roam with
intermittent access to a network. This feature allows profiles to synchronize
with the user store at the earliest possible opportunity. When a network
disconnection occurs, profiles remain intact on the laptop or device even after
restarting or hibernating. As mobile users work, their profiles are updated
locally and are eventually synchronized with the user store when the network
connection is re-established.
This feature works
only with domain-joined computers (including ones running Citrix XenClient) and
is not intended for use with servers or desktop computers, whose network
connections tend to be permanent.
don't enable both offline profiles and streamed user profiles. For this reason,
offline profiles takes precedence over and disables streamed user profiles and
locally cached profiles on logoff setting. This ensures users
always have a complete profile on their laptop or mobile device when they first
You can configure
offline profiles in these ways:
- Using Group Policy.
This gives you centralized administrative control of the feature but you must
create a separate OU containing the laptops or devices that will use offline
Using the .ini
file. This is an easier option if you prefer not to create a special OU
just for laptops and mobile devices, but it effectively hands control of this
feature to individual device owners. This option requires a once-only
configuration of each laptop or mobile device.
profile support is not configured using Group Policy, the value
from the .ini file is used. If this setting is not configured in Group Policy
or in the .ini file, offline profiles are disabled.