Are your machines
permanently connected to the Active Directory domain? Laptops and similar
mobile devices probably are not. Similarly, some deployments may have fixed
machines with persistent local storage but the machines are separated from the
data center for significant periods of time (for example, a remote branch
office that is linked to the corporate headquarters by satellite
communications). Another example is disaster recovery, where infrastructure is
being restored and power or communications are intermittent.
Profile management is resilient to short network outages (less than 24 hours)
so long as the user does not log off while the network is unavailable. In these
circumstances, you can optimize Profile management in several ways that
significantly speed up the logon process. This is the
periods of disconnection are expected or users must be able to log off or shut
down their computers while disconnected from the corporate network, you cannot
optimize Profile management; when users reconnect, logons are slow while the
entire profile is fetched from the user store. This is the
periods of disconnection (and only intermittent periods of connection to the
Active Directory domain), enable the
Offline profile support policy. This automatically
disables the effect of the following policies, controlling optimizations that
are not supported. The policies might not appear to be disabled in Group Policy
but they have no effect:
Offline profile support is enabled,
write back is honored but can only work when the computer is
connected to the network.
Important: Do not enable
Offline profile support with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box.
This policy is not suitable for this product because desktops created with it
do not have persistent local storage.
Policy: Offline profile support
periods of disconnection, disable the
Offline profile support policy. This allows the
configuration of any of the following policies.
user profile groups
Streamed user profile groups policy to
Unconfigured. Enabling this policy is effective only
Profile streaming is also enabled.
Streamed user profile groups is used to limit the
use of streamed profiles to specific Active Directory user groups. It is useful
in some scenarios when migrating from older versions of Profile management. For
instructions on setting this policy, see
To stream user profiles.
on high availability and disaster recovery as it applies to this policy, see
Scenario 4 - The traveling user.
for pending area lock files
pending area lock files policy to
Unconfigured to apply the default operation, which
is a one-day timeout for the pending area lock. This is the only supported
value, so do not adjust this policy.
on this policy, see Persistent? Provisioned? Dedicated? Shared?