Find actual size of roaming profile..

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Jake, May 11, 2007.

  1. Jake

    Jake Guest


    How can I as admin (or the clients at the workstations) find out the
    actual size of their roaming profiles (i.e. the actual number of megs
    shuffled to and from the server at login / logout..?

    Thanks for info on this

    Jake, May 11, 2007
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  2. Jake

    Jake Guest

    Isn't this possible...?

    - or is it a stupid question..?

    Jake, May 12, 2007
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  3. Look at the user's roaming profile folder on the server. If you aren't using
    group policy to automatically grant the Administrators group NTFS
    permissions for each user's subfolder, you'll need to take ownership of the
    folder (while the user is not logged in), then reset the NTFS permissions so
    that the user & the Administrators group & System have full control.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 13, 2007
  4. Jake

    Jake Guest

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] skreiv:
    Which GPO setting manages this? Is it 'normal' to have this set?

    It amazes me that there is no 'easy' way to list profile size by user
    name. Very often long longon delays etc is due to excess profile size
    and it would help a lot to have a centralized way to check this parameter.

    Jake, May 16, 2007
  5. It isn't set 'on' by default (and I agree that this is irritating)

    Remember, it is not retroactive. If you have existing profiles, you will
    need to take ownership & change NTFS permissions appropriately, as
    mentioned - and do this outside of business hours when users are not logged
    Sure is!
    It would actually be more useful to make sure you've done everything you can
    to keep the profiles tiny, such as folder redirection for My Documents (and
    perhaps also Desktop). You can also use GP to exclude certain folders, such
    as My Music, from roaming at all.

    Once you've got rights to all the profile folders, you can use a nice
    utility such as TreeSize Pro (JAM software) to scan the parent folder to see
    who's got a whoppingly huge folder.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 16, 2007
  6. Jake

    Jake Guest

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] skrev:
    Thanks ;-)

    Will the fact that admin takes ownership of these folders have any
    side-effects at all for the users?

    Jake, May 21, 2007
  7. You must take ownership as the Administrators group (not
    Administrator-the-user) and reset the NTFS permissions - while the users are
    not logged in - or it will be disruptive.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], May 23, 2007
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