IT Employment

General discussion


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.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

How do you fix a broken profile?

by CorporateLackie In reply to Oh, please..........


How do you fix a broken roaming profile / repair corruption?

We use them where I work and when they **** up (which is rare, BTW) our only solution is to have user log off, erase the server-side copy and then log on again ...


Collapse -

That's the only way I know of

by rasilon In reply to How do you fix a broken p ...

That's what we do. Of course, if it's the local profile that is corrupted, you need to delete that profile.

Hank Arnold

Collapse -

I beg your pardon!

by jwgronner In reply to sucks

We use Roaming Profiles in our office and have absolutely no problem with them. Our emoployees on occasion need to sit at different workstations and to have the ability to have their own desktop follow them makes them MUCH more productive. The same goes for Folder Redirection

Collapse -

Absolute nonsense

by t.a.wiser In reply to sucks


Roaming profiles are fantastic when they're set up properly. They save time, effort and support calls, plus present a more friendly face to your network than local profiles which are a pain to support and maintain.

Collapse -


by randall.cohen In reply to Laptop Roaming profiles

You can create a GPO that turns off roaming profiles.
The GPO can use two techniques besides turning off the roaming profile. The first uses loop-back processing with merge mode. It is found under Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System/Group Policy / "User Group Policy loopback processing mode". The second uses WMI filtering to only apply the policy if the computer is a laptop.

Collapse -

folder redirection??

by mg_roberts In reply to Laptop Roaming profiles

from my understanding if i were to use folder redirection, my laptop users would not be able to access their files when they weren't in the office.

forgive my lack of knowledge in this area, i'm obviously in a position where i'm in over my head.

Collapse -

Folder redirection

by t.a.wiser In reply to folder redirection??

By default, redirected folders are synchronised by XP when users log off. If you store your files inside redirected folders (ie: point your My Documents folder to a network share) then those files will be available when the laptop is away from the network.

Roaming profiles aren't really intended for storing vast amounts of documents inside. They're more for the actual profile - the look & feel of the desktop.

Collapse -

redirected location

by mg_roberts In reply to Folder redirection

i was reading about folder redirection, and it says that you can have all the mydocument located in one centralized location, or sepereated by groups. i don't really understand how this works. if they files are stored collectively, are everyone's documents loaded into everyones local my documents? i know this can't be the way it works but maybe you can understand my confusion.

Collapse -

Folder Redirect w/ GPO

by jwgronner In reply to redirected location

You need to be familiar with group policy mmc console since wyo need to set this up in the GPO. go to GPO Editor and under User Configuration and then Sindows Settings then Folder Redirection, right click and in Settings use the default(Basic-Redirect everyone's folder to the same location). then in the Target folder location use "Create a folder for each user under the root path. Then in Root Path choose a directory wher you want all the users "My Documents to be located, ie: \\server\Users\redirectedLocation\ this will put each user in a separate folder in the redirectedLocation directory.

Collapse -

Setting up user directories

by aknell In reply to redirected location

I thnk the easiest way (not the quickest) would be to create seperate user directories, and then manually set-up the permissions on the shared properties for that user and adminisrtator. YES this is a long process but its simple. When i setup a share i put an $ at the end of the share, this makes it so its hidden from remote viewers.
When setting up the user through console, under the properties, profile, home folder, point it to the shared folder, that you created \\server\usershare$. Assign it a driver letter h: for home or whatever. And when that user logs in there will be a mapped drive there. Right click on my documents set the target to the mapped drive (H:) As stated above if the os being used used is Xp then offine folders will automaticly be set.

Related Discussions

Related Forums