When I got caught by a train on the way to work, and the gate on my side of the road didn’t go back up after the train went by, I should have known it was not going to be a good day. Sure enough, my boss was out sick, leaving a bunch of extra stuff for me to cover, we had a hang up on our Exchange server that stopped all the network traffic and threw everyone “off-line” just as I had sat down to eat my lunch in the lunch room, and the help desk was absolutely swamped all day long! I even got a tech support call at home tonight.
The best part of the day was coming home to find that my wife had dinner, and an open Sam Adams on the table after knowing it had been a long day. I love her! 🙂
But, my technical question is this. We store a lot of our user preferences on the network, so that they follow the user to whatever machine they log in to. (It’s not quite roaming profiles, it’s more of a folder redirection.)Those settings sync at login/logoff so that any changes you made locally go out to those network locations. Whenever there’s a network outage and the machine goes into “off-line files” mode, there are always a bunch of random things that don’t sync and we spend so much freakin’ time cleaning up after people who’ve lost the custom dictionary, or their email signatures, etc. (Actually they don’t really lose them, they don’t go anywhere, but their user preferences lose the location for some reason and they need to be pointed to the proper place again.)Does anyone else have a similar set-up and see similar problems? Is it just something we have to live with as a result of this set-up or is there something we should be doing to mitigate it? I’d be curious to know how you handle users logging on across your Active Directory machines? If you use roaming profiles or some other tool.