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Laptop Roaming profiles

By mg_roberts ·
All the users in our domain have roaming profiles. When a laptop user makes changes to their profile at home, then come in and log on to the domain, it reverts the files on the laptop back to the last time they were on the domain.

Some of our users are gone from the office for weeks at a time, so sometimes they lose weeks of data.

I really need help on this, its a huge issue at our company.

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File synchroniztion?

by NI70 In reply to Laptop Roaming profiles

From typing in file sync in help.

To set up your computer to use offline files
Open My Computer.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
On the Offline Files tab, make sure that the Enable Offline Files check box is selected.
Select Synchronize all offline files before logging off to get a full synchronization. Leave it unselected for a quick synchronization.
Notes

To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
A full synchronization ensures that you have the most current version of every shared network file that you work with offline. A quick synchronization ensures that you have complete versions of your offline files, although they may not be the most current versions. You might select a quick synchronization if you are the only person working on a file or if you do not need the most current version of a file.
If you want to control which offline files are synchronized, when they are synchronized, and whether Windows prompts you before synchronizing your files, you can use Synchronization Manager. For more information, click Related Topics.
After you set up your computer to use offline files, you need to make shared network files available to you offline. For more information, click Related Topics.
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sucks

by ericl_w19 In reply to Laptop Roaming profiles

let me give you a piece of advice about roaming profiles.turn them off forget they exsist.they do not work and are more trouble then they are worth.

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yea but....

by mg_roberts In reply to sucks

without roaming profiles you are leaving it up to the end user to maintain backups of their files, which won't happen.

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Using roaming profiles to backup files??

by rasilon In reply to yea but....

It's a **BAD** idea to use roaming profiles as a backup strategy. The most common problem with roaming profiles is users having huge profiles (most commonly because of "My Documents"). Roaming profiles need to be as small as possible. Large profiles cause delays in down/uploading the profiles (and thus increased logon /logoff times) as wellas increase the probability of a corrupted profile. By using folder redirection, you can reduce the size of the profiles and, also, store the files on a server that is backed up regularly....

Hank Arnold

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how to access files then?

by mg_roberts In reply to Using roaming profiles to ...

So, stop using roaming profiles? then what if they need to use a different PC? if i use a roaming profile to save only desktop settings, how do you keep it from saving the files as well?

the situation is, my users need their files backed up without their intervention, they need to be able to access them from anywhere (laptop and pcs).

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see my other reply

by t.a.wiser In reply to how to access files then?

Use folder redirection and XP's Offline Files system.

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Mapped drives and syncback

by aknell In reply to how to access files then?

What I use here is a mapped drive for each user to store their info on. This is mapped through each of the users profiles, when the profile and login is created. When testing the new login, I usually set the target of the "my documents" folder to their mapped drive (usually m:).
After this you can use offline folders option, which has been explained. It still does slow down the network considerably when the user logs back on.
As far as backing up I use syncback, a great little program that easily backs up any server directory, mapped drive. I also have an older server that creates a backup of the backup server (using syncback). I know this sounds a little convoluted, but i've found its a very cheap and easy way to achieve redundancy.
I know theres probably a 100 other ways and probably easier but I hope this helps you in some way.

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Who said stop using Roaming Profiles?

by rasilon In reply to how to access files then?

Where did I say to stop using Roaming Profiles??? They are a critical part of an environment like yours. They are also vital where you have (like my network) where users log onto one of multiple load balanced TS/Cirix servers.

What I was saying was that it was a bad idea to use them as a process for backing up user files.

Hank Arnold

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Use folder redirection in stead of Roaming profile

by randall.cohen In reply to yea but....

Create a GPO for Folder Redirection. Folder Redirection is a better option for "backing up" user data. Instruct/insist that users store their files in the "My documents" folder and then redirect the folder to the users home drive. Roaming Profiles should only be used to retain user's customized settings like signature block and network mappings that aren't part of the logon script.

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Oh, please..........

by rasilon In reply to sucks

That is just about the most useless and wrong statement I've heard in a very long time. They most certainly work and they work well. In many situations they are essential. When they don't "work" or cause problems, it's almost always either an implementation problem or the user has huge profiles. Occasionally, a roaming profile can get corrupted, but fixing it is usually a simple matter.

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