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Running ZENworks for Desktops 4.0.1 and using Roaming Profiles

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By Shaun Pond

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Posted: 22 Jun 2005

Roaming Profiles used to be handled by ZENworks (this is because the native processing in NT, shall we say, left something to be desired!), but with IR6, ZfD4.0.1 now behaves the same way as ZENworks 6.5, i.e. ZENworks lets Windows handle them.

This has some important implications. For example, before IR6, the ZfD4 Agent did not use the Group Policy setting for slow link detection. Instead it used the settings:

ChooseProfileDefault, SlowLinkTimeOut, SlowLinkProfileDefault, etc.

under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

The TID that has the readme for IR6, states:

In previous versions and interim releases of ZENworks for Desktops 4.x, if a slow link requiring significant time to download a roaming profile was detected, you could set registry keys to automatically download the roaming profile, use the locally stored profile, or display an instructional dialog box to let the user choose to either continue the download or to use the locally stored profile. This functionality is not supported in Interim Release 6.

All roaming profile processing is now handled by Microsoft. This functionality is provided by the Microsoft native support for slow link detection. The Microsoft Group Policy Editor should now be used to configure slow link detection.

Bottom Line

If you're using Roaming Profiles with ZfD4.0.1, make sure that you check out the use of Group Policies!

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