Clearing Profiles on a Windows 2003 Server


There is a tool that can be downloaded free which when scripted will allow you to clear out old profiles form the server it is run on. I have only used this on Windows 2003 Servers so far.

The tool is called RemProf.exe.

The idea of the tool is to remove the profile and hive of any user with traces left after they have logged out. It will not touch any profile that is in use still so it can be run during work hours with users still logged in, preventing the need for a reboot.

Here is the code I use:
C:\remprof /A /EXCLUDE:Administrator
C:\remprof /D: /EXCLUDE:Administrator

This will basically remove all profiles other than that of the Administrator. But as service accounts have their profiles used already they also will not be deleted.

You will see the following screen when you run the commands from a batch file:

When this finished the screen just closes

N.B. This must be run as an Admin account

About Chris Ainger

I have been working in IT since 1998 in the Public Housing Sector. I have worked with Citrix since 2003 in the days of Citrix Metaframe XP 1.0 FR2. Since then I have been through the processes of upgrading to Presentation Server 4.0 with a farm of around 150 servers. Since then I have helped create a farm of around 200 servers using XenApp 6.0 on VMware 4.1. This was a great experience which has only increased during the upgrades of the environment for out 2000+ users. All of our clients are the WYSE 10 series using ThinOS which I have helped configure for individual users from a central location making administration very simple. I gained my CCA qualification in XenApp 6.0 in January 2012. I am a big fan of SolarWinds also, which is a great monitoring tool. It is very versatile with a small footprint of resource usage on the targeted devices. I am currently designing the interfaces for the IT department for daily use and also a Service view for the Support Desk Team. I am also a keen fisherman, having restarted again after 20 years. I set myself yearly targets to try to complete which makes this more interesting and belong to several forums of other like-minded folks. I, on occasion, fly fish for trout as a treat once in a while or when the fridge gets empty and also sea fly fish for bass and mullet. My main area is sea fishing from either beach, harbour wall or pier. There are so many species of fish to catch around the UK that you can mix up the locations to try something different.

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