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What Is a User Profile?

As part of a VIU employee computer account, you also get a ‘profile’. A ‘profile‘ allows you to log on to a computer, set up your computer experience (such as a desktop background, icon locations, printers, share drives, and toolbar and software preferences), log off, and then log back on again and all those ‘computer experience’ settings are still there for you. A profile can either be redirect, roaming or local. Please note that the U: drive is not considered to be part of a profile.

A local profile will save computer experience settings on one computer but will need to set them up again for each different computer used. This is a good solution if a user tends to use the same computer on a regular basis, and a local profile will load much faster than a roaming profile. Local profile settings are not stored on a server. They are only stored on the one computer they are set up on and are not backed up. Local profiles are reserved for use on VIU laptops.

Folder redirection, sends all roaming and local profiles to a server. The difference between folder redirection and a roaming profile are:

  • With a roaming profile, the whole profile (settings and files) is sent to/from the server every time the user logs on or logs off.
  • With folder redirection, only the changes to the profile are sent to the server. And they are sent in real-time (not when the user log off). If a file is saved to the desktop it is sent to the server immediately. If the desktop background is changed, the server profile is also updated immediately.
  • Please remember that even though Folder Redirection allows for files on the desktop and in the My Documents folder to be backed up on servers, ITS strongly recommends that you do not save any files on the desktop or in the My Documents folder. Please save all files in a share drive or on the provided employee U: drive.

Roaming profiles are no longer used at VIU

Empty Temporary Internet Files and Cookies

  • Open an Internet Explorer window and go to Tools -> Internet Options
  • Under the Temporary Internet Files section click the Delete Files... and Delete Cookies... buttons
  • Click OK to close the window

Reduce the amount of disk space used by Temporary Internet files

  • Open an Internet Explorer window and go to Tools -> Internet Options
  • Under the Temporary Internet Files section click the Settings... Button
  • Lower the Amount of disk space to use (for example 10MB)
  • Click OK, then OK again to close window

Empty Internet History (or reduce the number of days the History is kept)

  • Open an Internet Explorer window and go to Tools -> Internet Options
  • Under the History section click the Clear History button and/or reduce the number of days the History is maintained
  • Click OK to close the window

Empty the Recycle bin

Move files and folders from your desktop or My Documents to your U: drive

Google Desktop and Windows Desktop Search users - Desktop Search programs should NOT be installed on VIU computers or laptops. There is no easy way to manage the size of the index files they creates, and these can grow to 4 - 8GB in size. These files are stored in your profile. *For Faculty & Staff* - there may be an alternate indexing service available, please contact the IT Helpdesk.

Google Earth users - Google Earth stores information about the maps you have visited in a cache file. This file can easily grow to take up your entire quota.

Who can use this service?