A Profile is a collection of system settings, including the desktop layout and
system menu configuration. A Windows 95 profile is different and
incompatible with a Windows NT profile. Because of this limitation only organizations
using NT workstations as clients will use profiles. There are three
diffent types of profiles: local, roaming and mandatory.
Profiles can be shared by several users or unique for every user.
- Local Profile
- A local profile is specific to a computer. A user who has a
local profile on a particular computer can gain access to that
profile only while logged on to that computer.
- Roaming Profile
- A roaming profile is stored on a network share and can be accessed
from any computer. A user who has a roaming profile can log on to
any computer for which that profile is valid and access the profile.
- Mandatory Profile
- A mandatory profile is a preconfigured roaming profile that the
user cannot change. In most cases, these are assigned to a person or
a group of people for whom a common interface and standard
configuration is required.
- Home Directories
- A location where users can store personal files. By default this
functionality is only available to NT workstation clients.
- Login Scripts
- A file that contains simple commands which are executed
each time a user logs in. This option is available to both NT and 95 clients.