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Chapter Summary

This chapter reviewed the types of profiles that you can configure to manage desktop settings for users, how to manage settings for users who move between various locations or who require different languages, and how to deploy a Windows Installer package with Group Policy. Each of these processes is a method of managing the desktop settings for users.

User profiles should not be confused with hardware profiles or Group Policy, although those can also be used to manage settings. There are several types of profiles. A local profile is created for every user who logs on. A roaming profile can be created by an administrator to maintain consistent desktop settings as a user logs on at different network computers. A mandatory profile is a roaming profile that is treated as though it is read-only, and any user changes to desktop settings are discarded. A temporary profile is loaded on a computer when there is an error accessing the user’s normal profile.


  

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