[OpenAFS] Windows 8.1, SkyDrive and Roaming Profiles

David Boyes dboyes@sinenomine.net
Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:09:04 +0000

> > A university would not.
> Why not?


1) Universities tend toward maximum freedom of usage, even if the "feature"=
 is actually hazardous.=20

2) If you disable something on a machine that you don't own, you're likely =
to get all sorts of grief. Most machines in university environments are own=
ed by individuals.=20

3) Somewhere in the process of getting a PhD, most faculty members seem to =
have been given a golden God card that says they can do anything they want,=
 no matter how stupid. If you prevent them from using Skydrive, they will c=
all your manager, call the dean, and call everyone they can find to make yo=
ur life miserable. You won't like this.=20
> > An organization that is supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) cannot.
> Is there a use case for roaming profiles in a BYOD environment?

Yes. Consider #2 above. How else would you handle it? Or devices with no/mi=
nimal local storage.=20

> (Not trying to troll; I don't support Windows currently but am always
> interested in OAFS in an enterprise environment. I would assume if SkyDri=
> can be turned off via GP, any institution with an articulated security st=
> will do so.)

Your last phrase encapsulates it neatly. "with an articulated security stan=
ce" rarely =3D university. Universities block things they get sued about. N=
o further, unless you wish to experience #3 above.=20