Local accounts are
fine if you always use the same PC and
are not on a large Network (more than
about 10 PC’s). 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
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.
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 THAT’S ALL VERY
INTERESTING BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US
WHEN WE USE OUR NETWORKED PC’S?
Network Accounts and Local