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Tech Tip: Move the IE cache/Deploy settings to remote users

Find out how to free up space by moving the IE cache to a different drive, and learn how to simplify connection management with the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK).

Move the Internet Explorer cache

Internet Explorer maintains a cache that contains elements, such as images, from the Web pages a user has visited. For subsequent visits to the page, IE can then pull these elements from the cache, speeding up browsing and reducing bandwidth use.

Windows assigns the IE cache a certain amount of disk space. But if a user visits several sites on a frequent basis, the cache could consume a lot of disk space.

To free up space, you might consider moving the cache to a different drive. You can modify the location of the IE cache either via IE's Options dialog box or by modifying the registry.

To modify the cache location in IE, go to Tools | Internet Options, and click Settings on the General tab. In the Settings dialog box, click Move Folder, browse to a new location, and click OK. After confirming the change, Windows will log you off to move the cache to the new location.

You can also modify the registry to move the cache. The following registry keys specify the path to the four cache folders:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path1
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path2
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path3
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Paths\path4

If you choose to edit the registry to move the cache, you must restart the computer for the change to take effect.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

Deploy connection settings to remote users

If you provide dial-up access to your network for a large number of users, creating and deploying connection settings to users can be a real challenge. However, you can simplify connection management with the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK), an optional Windows 2000 Server component.

To install the CMAK, open Control Panel and double-click the Add/Remove Programs applet. Click the Add/Remove Windows Components button to start the Windows Components Wizard. Select Management And Monitoring Tools, click Details, select Connection Manager Components, and click OK. Click Next to start the installation process.

After installing the CMAK, you'll find a Connection Manager Administration Kit item in the Administrative Tools folder. Opening this item launches a wizard that gathers the connection settings and creates a service profile.

After gathering all of the information, the wizard creates an executable that you can deploy to users. This executable also includes the service profile that you created with the wizard.

For details on the information you'll need to configure the service profile, see the wizard's Help content.

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