After setting up another school network recently, I’m puzzled by the fact that the method for creating a standard, mandatory user profile in Windows hasn’t changed since the days of NT4. It wouldn’t matter if Microsoft had cracked it at the first attempt, but the procedure is convoluted and clunky. There is a command-line utility for copying profiles, however that isn’t included with any current version of Windows, and is hardly widely publiscised.

It’s not even as though many major changes would be needed, – just the ability to set the type of profile to ‘mandatory’ when using the GUI would be a major help.

Maybe Longhorn Server (or whatever name it ends up with) will improve matters…