Researching issues that several clients were having with slow Windows Roaming Profile logins and found that the common denominator was profiles being too large. Looked at Event Viewer and found nothing but Event ID 6005 – “The winlogon notification subscriber is taking long time to handle the notification event (Logon).” Looked at their Group Policy settings and found the folder that profiles were being saved in. Ran WinDirStat on the user.v6 folder and found some interesting details. It looks like downloads, Slack, Teams, and Zoom were taking up 13+GB of data that was then trying to be synced over the network. Looks like it is time to update the Group Policy to exclude some folders:If your company is looking to virtualize your servers or take them to the cloud, then contact us to setup migration evaluation.
GPO – Exclude directories in Roaming Profile
Open Group Policy Management
Edit the Roaming Profile policy
Open User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > User Profiles
Enable – Exclude directories in roaming profiles
Add the following directories – Downloads;AppData\Roaming\Slack;AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams;AppData\Roaming\Zoom
Ok your way out
Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the user.v6 folder and delete the following folders:
Wait 15 minutes for changes to propagate then reboot the effected machines and login again.
If your company is using roaming profiles to keep employees agile in the office, then contact us to setup a group policy evaluation.