3.7 Roaming Profile Policy

The Roaming Profile policy allows you to create a user profile that is stored in a network path. An administrator can either use the roaming profile stored in the user’s home directory or the profile stored in the network directory location.

On a Windows 8 machine, the Roaming Profile policy works when a user logs in through the Novell Client.

IMPORTANT:Because of the security settings in Microsoft Vista, administrators must manually add the appropriate security rights to the user registry hive to enable roaming profiles. For more information, see Section 5.9, Assigning a Roaming Profile Policy for a User Profile Stored on a Windows, Linux, or NetWare Share.

  1. In ZENworks Control Center, click the Policies tab.

  2. In the Policies list, click New, then click Policy.


    In the Policy Tasks, click New Policy.

    The Select Platform page is displayed.

  3. Select Windows, then click Next.

    The Select Policy Category page is displayed.

  4. Select Windows Configuration Policies, then click Next.

  5. Select Roaming Profile Policy as the Policy Type, then click Next.

    NOTE:If you log into Windows Vista or Windows 7 by using a domain account, Roaming Profile policy is not supported.

  6. In the Define Details page fill in the following fields:

    Policy Name: Provide a name for the policy. The policy name must be different than the name of any other item (group, folder, and so forth) that resides in the same folder. The name you provide displays in ZENworks Control Center.

    Folder: Type the name or browse to and select the ZENworks Control Center folder where you want the policy to reside. The default is /policies, but you can create additional folders to organize your policies.

    Administrator Notes: Provide a short description of the policy’s content. This description displays in ZENworks Control Center.

  7. Click Next to display the Roaming Profile Policy page, then use the options to specify the settings. Refer to the following table for more information:



    Store User Profile in User’s Home Directory

    Select this option to load and save a user’s profile from the user’s home directory as specified in eDirectory.

    This option is applicable only if the user object is in eDirectory. However, it is currently not supported in Domain Services for Windows environment.

    User Profile Path

    Select a UNC path to a user’s roaming profile. If you want to administer the policy on more than one user object, use %USERNAME% as the environment variable. In this case, the environment variable is resolved with the logged-on username and the user profile is loaded from the specified path.

    Override Terminal Server Profile

    If a user is accessing a terminal server that has its own profile, enable this option to override the terminal server’s profile.

  8. Click Next to display the Summary page. Review the information and, if necessary, use the Back button to make changes to the information on the Summary page.

  9. (Conditional) Select Create as Sandbox, if you want to create the sandbox version of the policy.

  10. Click Finish to create the policy now, or select Define Additional Properties to specify additional information, such as policy assignment, system requirements, enforcement, status, and which group the policy is a member of.