Q: I have 60% free space on 10,000 PCs. Can I consolidate it by mounting it as a volume and using a login script to map it to the desktops?
A: It's not practical to do this, as far as I know. With identical workstations, you're better off with a generic boot image and putting clients' desktop settings and files on a home drive mapped to the server. This is better because:
- Backups are consolidated. Home drives reside on protected servers and server storage is efficiently utilized.
- Backups don't fail because a user's system is off.
- Network performance improves without the traffic of 10,000 backup jobs moving across it.
- If a user loses a drive, the standard drive image can be quickly reloaded on a new drive. If users log in on another users' system, they see their own system.
- Support goes down.
This was first published in July 2003