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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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by matthewham In reply to Laptop roaming profiles

Perhaps you could turn off roaming profiles for the laptop users until you can find a solution to this problem.

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by mg_roberts In reply to Laptop roaming profiles

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I would, but then it won't be backed up to the server. In the users mind this is worse.

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by paul.cook In reply to Laptop roaming profiles

-Set up 2 shares, \\server\profiles$ (the $ makes it a hidden folder) and \\server\Homedirs
-Enable offline caching only on the homedirs share.

-Use ADUC to set users' profiles to \\server\profiles$\username and home directory to \\server\homedirs\username

-Set up redirection of My Documents and My Desktop to "\\server\homedirs\username\my documents" & "\\server\homedirs\username\my desktop" using Group Policy.

-You may have to manually move the Docs & Desktop out of the profiles on the server.

-Set up Offline files to synchronize when connected & when user logs in.

This way the profile loads quicker when connected to the network and the documents & desktop sync with the network versions, ensuring up-to-date files.

We also redirect the Favorites folder to a folder in the home directory because the profiles$ folder can't be set to sync and the server copy of the profile always overwrites the local version. This way the Favorites can be set to "Offline" and will sync with the server copy.

It look something like this:

\\server
-\profiles$
-\jsmith
-\Application Data
-\Cookies
.
.
-\User Data
ntuser.dat

\\server
-\homedirs
-\jsmith
-\My Documents
-\My Desktop
-\Favorites

Hope this helps.

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by paul.cook In reply to

Sorry...leading spaces got stripped.
It looks more like this:

\\server
-\profiles$
--\jsmith
---\Application Data
---\Cookies
.....
.....
-----\User Data
.....ntuser.dat

\\server
-\homedirs
--\jsmith
---\My Documents
---\My Desktop
---\Favorites

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