Profiles are still one of the biggest challenges within Front-End infrastructures. Almost every system administrator has experienced problems with any of the profile types made available by Microsoft.
Roaming Profiles get corrupted or contain faulty settings, which can only be solved by removing the complete profile and (let the user) reconfigure the user environment from scratch consuming a lot of time and causing frustration. Also roaming profiles are often causing long logon times, because the whole profile needs to be copied from the network to the desktop (and vice versa).
Mandatory profiles were the popular alternative, but nowadays users do not accept that personal configured settings are not retained when the user logs on the next time. Also Microsoft is not a "fan" of this profile type and has been discouraging the use of the mandatory profile for a while. Actually they are right in that, because several more complex settings can not be used in combination with mandatory profiles, a good example is SSL/certificate related topics.
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