Is there a way in group policy (windows server 2008) to apply a policy in computer configuration for specific users?

The reason is I want to apply 'Set roaming user profile path for all users logging onto this computer' in Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles but only for users logging on to the domain. I want to exclude it for local users so that if I logged into the local administrator account I get a local profile path like normal.

  • I would really to use a per-user group policy to set the roaming profile, but Microsoft didn't write the software that way. It sucks, but I haven't found anything you can do. – Zoredache Jul 16 '12 at 22:06
  • This is exactly what I'm trying to do because I don't want to specify the profile paths in AD for each user. I know you can apply them for multiple users at once but I don't like it. I'd rather have it all organised in group policy. – Tom Jenkinson Jul 16 '12 at 22:11
  • Is the users profile path stored in the registry? Could I set it using group policy that way instead? – Tom Jenkinson Jul 16 '12 at 22:13
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    It is stored in the registry, but you cannot set it in the registry. The profile is transferred and loaded before per-user group policies are evaluated. – Zoredache Jul 16 '12 at 22:15
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    You either set them in AD or you set the policy computer wide. If you set it per-computer, then you basically can't have non-domain users touch that computer. If you set the value on the user object then you have to maintain the per-user setting. You could probably write a script that would that would periodically find and update all the user objects that belong to an OU/Group and update the setting, but that would take some effort. – Zoredache Jul 16 '12 at 22:21

No for the most part you cannot do this. Computer settings generally apply a setting to a service running on that computer that is completely un-related to who logs in. For the most part it doesn't make any sense to apply a different setting per user.

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