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Network Accounts and Local Accounts

Local accounts are fine if you always use the same PC and are not on a large Network (more than about 10 PCs). The security information database (your username, password and what you are allowed to use) is stored locally on each PC.

However they are impossible to manage on large Networks. For this you need a Network Account. With a Network account the security information database is stored on a network server. This means that you can use the same user name and password to login to any PC on the network.

User Profiles

The settings you use when working on your PC, such as, what icons you have on your desktop, your desktop wallpaper and Internet Explorer settings, are all saved in something called your user profile. It is this profile that loads when you login to a PC providing the PC has been set up to use user profiles. This profile information is normally saved locally on a PC you use.
 

Roaming Profiles

Your accounts have been set up to use roaming profiles. This means that your profile information is also stored on a network server so that if you login to a PC that you have not used before you will still have access to your personal user profile.

WELL THATS ALL VERY INTERESTING BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US WHEN WE USE OUR NETWORKED PCS?

  1. You are not restricted to using just one PC at your site; you can login to any PC not only at your site, but any other sites or branches you may have as well.

  2. You will keep all of your desktop settings when you move from one PC to another. (Roaming profiles)

NB:  It is very important that you try to avoid saving any work to files located on your desktop. This will make your profile unnecessarily large and it will delay your login time.


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