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Firefox profile under Windows Server redirected folders sends temp files back to the server making firefox very slow.
I have five networks connected by VPN tunnels at 5Mbit. My users have roaming profiles with folder redirection back to one server. The intention here is to allow them to log in at any branch as themselves, and the traffic for the users' windows profile is minimal because their files stay on the server.
Firefox is a problem because by default the profile is located under the APPDATA folder which is redirected back to the server. Every single temp file or cookie is downloaded to the instance of Firefox running on the workstation which pionts to a profile that stores its temp files and cookies on the server, at the other end of the VPN tunnel. This causes a lot of traffic and FIrefox runs very slow. I can't NOT redirect appdata because Stickynotes would be lost, along with other settings. I can't figure out how to leave the profile on the server and store the temp cache locally.
My workaround is to locate the profile locally and redirect the bookmark backups back onto the server, so at least they can be recovered. The steps are : 1. In the user's redirected appdata folder \\server\userdata$\username\appdata\roaming\mozilla\firefox, I created a PROFILES.INI that points the profile to c:\users\username\appdata\LOCAL\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\FIREFOX.DEFAULT (because in a domain environment FIrefox creates that path under Local, not Roaming, I don't know why). 2. Moved the user's existing BOOKMARKBACKUPS folder to their network share, say under their documents. 3. In C:\USERS\username\Appdata\local\mozilla\firefox\profiles\FIREFOX.DEFAULT, I used MKLINK /D to create a BOOKMARKBACKUPS that links to the BOOKMARKBACKUPS on the server. 4. In the privacy settings of the profile I set it to remove temp files on exit, so when the user logs out, not much is transferred back to the server.
This works, but it is a tremendous amount of work to do to each user, and I think there must be a better way.
I also wonder why Firefox creates its profile under the appdata\roaming path in a stand-alone but the Appdata\local path in a domain environment.
While I am wondering things - I know that Microsoft is the antichrist and all but the Favorites folder in IE works perfectly, why can't Firefox do something like that?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.