A CDE Definition
(1) Information about an individual user. Along with name, address, phone number, etc., it may include personal information, especially if it is part of a social networking site.
(2) The preferences and current desktop configuration of a user's machine. User profiles enable several users to work on the same computer with their own desktop setup. When stored in a server, user profiles enable users to obtain their desktop configuration when working at a different machine. See system policy.
System-wide rules and regulations that override user settings (user profiles). System policies can be assigned to individual users or to workgroups. See user profile and desktop lockdown.
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