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Managing Users and User Data

Large enterprises need secure, reliable, and highly available methods of managing user data and settings. These methods must also work in a variety of networking scenarios ranging from mobile users to shared computer environments to connections over slow and unreliable wide area network (WAN) links. Beginning with Windows Vista, enhancements were made to three corporate roaming technologies available on earlier versions of Microsoft Windows: Roaming User Profiles (RUP), Folder Redirection, and Offline Files. Further enhancements to these technologies have now been introduced in the Windows 7 operating system, which make managing user data and settings for Windows 7 computers easier and provide users with a more consistent and reliable experience as they share computers, work from remote sites, or travel.

In this tutorial:

  1. Understanding User Profiles in Windows 7
  2. Types of User Profiles
  3. User Profile Namespace
  4. User Profile Namespace in Windows XP
  5. User Profile Namespace in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  6. Application Compatibility Issue
  7. Disabling Known Folders
  8. Windows 7 Understanding Libraries
  9. Working with Libraries
  10. Including Indexed Folders in a Library
  11. Adding Nonindexed Remote Locations to a Library
  12. Creating Additional Libraries
  13. Managing Libraries
  14. Implementing Corporate Roaming
  15. Understanding Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
  16. Understanding Roaming User Profiles in Earlier Versions of Windows
  17. Understanding Folder Redirection in Earlier Versions of Windows
  18. Enhancements to Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection Previously Introduced in Windows Vista
  19. Additional Enhancements to Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection Introduced in Windows 7
  20. Improved First Logon Performance With Folder Redirection
  21. Implementing Folder Redirection
  22. Configuring the Redirection Method
  23. Configuring Target Folder Location
  24. Configuring Redirection Options
  25. Configuring Policy Removal Options
  26. Folder Redirection and Sync Center
  27. Considerations for Mixed Environments
  28. Additional Group Policy Settings for Folder Redirection
  29. Troubleshooting Folder Redirection
  30. Implementing Roaming User Profiles
  31. Creating a Default Network Profile
  32. Configuring a User Account to Use a Roaming Profile
  33. Implementing Mandatory Profiles
  34. Implementing Super-Mandatory Profiles
  35. Managing User Profiles Using Group Policy
  36. Working with Offline Files
  37. Enhancements to Offline Files Introduced Previously in Windows Vista
  38. Additional Enhancements to Offline Files Introduced in Windows 7
  39. Understanding Offline File Sync
  40. Modes of Operation in Offline Files
  41. Managing Offline Files
  42. Managing Offline Files Using Windows Explorer
  43. Managing Offline Files Using the Offline Files Control Panel
  44. Managing Offline Files Using Sync Center
  45. Configuring Offline Files on the Server
  46. Managing Offline Files Using Group Policy
  47. Offline Files Policy Settings Introduced in Windows Vista
  48. Additional Offline Files Policy Settings for Windows 7