We a running netware 6 with zen4.01, with a mixture of w98,w2k and wxp machines. We currently use roaming profiles which work well as long as someone is not logging in from a remote site across the WAN. We use RSync to syncronise users home directories between sites. Zen only allows you to specify that the profile is stored in the % HOME_DIRECTORY. Alternatively you have to use a 'mandatory profile' to which, changes to the users desktop to not get written, but for which, you can specify a drive mapping. Is there anyway to control where zen looks for the %HOME_DIRECTORY so that we can point the users to their local site 'home directory' during their visit, because copying profiles that are several tens of megabytes during the login process across the WAN does not seem to be acceptable to the users.
In reponse to my own question, we have worked out a simple scenario which suits us as follows: Set a system variable 'myvol' to your local user drive mapping: e.g. myvol=\\server1\vol1 then in the user package properties, enable the dynamic local user, then under windows desktop preferencies, enable roaming profiles, enable the storage of roaming profiles and use the radio button for 'Store User Profile in Network Directory Location'. Then in the network directory location enter a path of: %myvol%\users\%username%\Windows NT 5.1 Workstation Profile This needs to be done for each type of operating systems as the last bit of the string changes for each operating system. You can add diferent variables for different volume names which can be called if users are in different contexts and use different user packages. Its all very flexible.