Create user data and profiles configuration items in System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

User data and profiles configuration items in System Center Configuration Manager contain settings that can manage folder redirection, offline files and roaming profiles on computers that run Windows 8 and later for users in your hierarchy. For example, you can:

  • Redirect a user’s Documents folder to a network share.

  • Ensure that specified files stored on the network are available on a user’s computer when the network connection is unavailable.

  • Configure which files in a user’s roaming profile are synchronized with a network share when the user logs on and off.

    Unlike other configuration items in Configuration Manager, you do not add user data and profile configuration items to a configuration baseline which you then deploy. Instead, you deploy the configuration item directly by using the Deploy User Data and Profiles Configuration Item dialog box.

Important

You can only deploy user data and profiles configuration items to user collections.

Enable user data and profiles for compliance settings

Use the following procedure to configure the default client setting for user data and profiles compliance settings which will apply to all computers in your hierarchy. If you want this setting to apply to only some computers, create a custom device client setting and assign it to a collection that contains the computers for which you want to use user data and profiles compliance settings. For more information about how to create custom device settings, see How to configure client settings.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration > Client Settings > Default Settings.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties.

  3. In the Default Settings dialog box, click Compliance Settings.

  4. From the Enable User Data and Profiles drop-down list, select Yes.

  5. Click OK to close the Default Settings dialog box.

Create a user data and profiles configuration item

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Assets and Compliance > Compliance Settings > User Data and Profiles.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create User Data and Profiles Configuration Item.

  3. On the General page of the Create User Data and Profiles Configuration Item Wizard, specify the following information:

    • Name: Enter a unique name for the configuration item. You can use a maximum of 256 characters.

    • Description: Provide a description that gives an overview of the configuration item and other relevant information that helps to identify it in the Configuration Manager console. You can use a maximum of 256 characters.

    • Folder redirection: Check this box if you want to configure settings for folder redirection for this configuration item.

    • Offline files: Check this box if you want to configure settings for offline files for this configuration item.

    • Roaming user profiles: Check this box if you want to configure settings for roaming user profiles for this configuration item.

  4. On the Folder Redirection page of the Create User Data and Profiles Configuration Item Wizard, specify how you want the client computers of users that receive this configuration item to manage folder redirection. You can configure settings for any device the user logs onto or for only the user’s primary devices. For more information about folder redirection, see your Windows Server documentation.

    Note

    This page only appears if you checked Folder redirection on the General page of the wizard.

  5. On the Offline Files page of the Create User Data and Profiles Configuration Item Wizard, you can enable or disable the use of offline files for users that receive this configuration item and configure settings for the behavior of the offline files. You can also specify offline files that will always be available on any computer that the user logs on to. For more information about offline files, see your Windows Server documentation.

    Note

    This page only appears if you checked the box Offline files on the General page of the wizard.

  6. On the Roaming Profiles page of the Create User Data and Profiles Configuration Item Wizard, you can configure whether roaming profiles are available on computers that the user logs onto and also configure further information about how these profiles behave. For more information about roaming profiles, see your Windows Server documentation.

    Note

    This page only appears if you checked the box Roaming user profiles on the General page of the wizard.

  7. Complete the wizard.

    The new user data and profiles configuration item is shown in the User Data and Profiles node of the Assets and Compliance workspace.

Deploy a user data and profiles configuration item

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Assets and Compliance > Compliance Settings > User Data and Profiles.

  2. Select the user data and profiles configuration item you want to deploy and then, in the Home tab, in the Deployment group, click Deploy.

  3. In the Deploy User Data and Profiles Configuration Item dialog box, specify the following information.

    • Collection - Click Browse to select the user collection where you want to deploy the configuration item.

      Important

      You can only deploy user data and profiles configuration items to user collections.

    • Remediate noncompliant rules when supported – Enable this option to automatically remediate any rules that are evaluated as noncompliant on client computers.

    • Allow remediation outside the maintenance window – If a maintenance window has been configured for the collection to which you are deploying the configuration item, enable this option to let compliance settings remediate the value outside of the maintenance window. For more information about maintenance windows, see How to use maintenance windows.

    • Generate an alert – Enable this option to configure an alert that is generated if the configuration item compliance is less than a specified percentage by a specified date and time. You can also specify whether you want an alert to be sent to System Center Operations Manager.

    • Specify the compliance evaluation schedule for this configuration item - Specifies the schedule by which the deployed configuration item is evaluated on client computers. This can be either a simple or a custom schedule.

  4. Click OK to close the Deploy User Data and Profiles Configuration Item dialog box and to create the deployment.

Monitor a user data and profiles configuration item

You monitor this type of configuration item in the same way that you monitor other compliance settings.

For more information, see How to monitor compliance settings.