Your Desktop & Roaming Profiles-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Your Desktop & Roaming Profiles

All public cluster computers offer Roaming Profiles.  Roaming Profiles save your Windows preferences giving your desktop a consistent look and feel as you move from one cluster computer to another. For example, if you bookmark a web page in your browser on one Windows cluster computer, it will be bookmarked when you sign onto any other Windows cluster computer.

The first time you log on to a Windows cluster computer, your Roaming Profile is created. The Roaming Profile is saved as you work. Windows preferences and files that are saved in your Roaming profile include Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures and My Videos.

Note: Although you can save files to your Windows cluster desktop for easy retrieval on ANY Windows cluster, doing so will lengthen your login time.

AFS SFTP and Sandbox

Two shortcuts are present on the desktop of every Windows public cluster computer:  AFS SFTP and Sandbox.

  • The AFS SFTP shortcut enables quick access to your Andrew File System directory.  This directory can be accessed from other cluster computers via the Desktop shortcut; it can be accessed from your personal computer through FTP software; see AFS SFTP
  • The Sandbox is useful when working with applications (e.g., InDesign) where performance is improved when files are saved locally. Files and folders in the Sandbox can NOT be accessed from other computers; they are deleted the minute you log off the cluster computer; see Sandbox.
Last Updated: 11/3/11