Meaning – The term profile, refers to data that describes the significant characteristics of a user, a group of users, or one or more computer resources.
In a Tivoli environment, a container for application-specific information about a particular type of resource. A Tivoli application specifies the template for its profiles; the template includes information about the resources that can be managed by that Tivoli application. A profile is created in the context of a profile manager; the profile manager links a profile to the Tivoli resource (for example, a managed node) that uses the information contained in the profile. A profile does not have any direct subscribers.
Example of usage – “A profile refers to a file or group of files stored on a user. These files may contain preferences, settings, contact information, credit information, etc. A profile allows the user’s settings to be restored when that user logs back into the computer, network, or service.”