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Chapter 8.  Sharing and Accessing Networ... > Use the same settings from different...

8.12. Use the same settings from different computers

If you log on from different computers on the network, you probably want to have the same working environment no matter where you go. The trick is to use a roaming profile, which gets applied each time you log on. In addition to registry settings that define such things as desktop color and other working environment properties, the profile includes common folders such as Application Data, My Documents, Favorites, Desktop, and Start Menu.

When considering whether to use a roaming profile, bear in mind that the profile folders and their contents are actually copied across the network to the current computer. If your folders (such as My Documents) contain a large number of files or very large files, it can take a while and generate a lot of network traffic to copy the data across the network when you log on.


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