Getting past the size limit for roaming profiles

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 3 May 2007 / Last Updated on 3 May 2007]

How to enable really big roaming user profiles if needed i.e. roam a lot of stuff.

A Group Policy setting found at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles\Limit Profile Size can be used to limit the size of roaming user profiles, but this setting has a hard-coded maximum of 30MB. What if you need to allow roaming profiles to exceed this limit? If your client computers are running Windows Vista then you’re in luck as you can use Folder Redirection to reduce your profile size by redirecting hefty folders such as Documents, Music, Pictures etc. Folder Redirection and Roaming User Profiles can work well together, see Chapter 14 Managing Users and User Data in the Windows Vista Resource Kit for more info.


Mitch Tulloch was the lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. For more about Mitch, visit his website

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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