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Microsoft Server 2008 Profiles

By KLK ·
Here's the question. We recently converted our network from a Novell environment to a Windows Server 2008 environment. When users logged into Novell (95% of users are using a Windows XP SP3 OS), it mapped all their drives, etc., but stored all data on a local profile on their computer, giving them the option to copy only what they wanted to save to the server on their own time. Since the conversion, users now have a roaming profile which disallows access to all the files stored on their "local profile" on their computer.

My question is how is it possible to get around this and only load their local profile when they log in? I know there is a switch in GPO which allows this, but I've read there have been issues when Windows gets confused and will actually create a new profile, ignoring their local profile.

Several of our users are a bit "annoyed" about this change of not giving them their local docs, desktop settings, etc.

PART 2: Windows 7 has also been recently deployed in certain areas. When a user goes to log in to the network, it errors out and states the Profile cannot be loaded (etc)... Logging off. I have tried logging in with a local profile, and even then, it says it is using a temporary system profile and all changes will be lost, yada yada yada. What the heck is going on?

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!!

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I suppose it should not have been set up with roaming profiles, then.

by seanferd In reply to Microsoft Server 2008 Pro ...

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows-User-State-Virtualization-Part1.html

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/05/12/choosing-an-appropriate-user-state-virtualization-solution.aspx

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2010/04/19/understanding-user-state-virtualization-improvements-in-windows-7.aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff629664.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=41250198-7EDB-4087-90FB-AF354F6CABAA&displaylang=en

Choose another form of user state virtualization, or none at all.

Not sure why the users can't access whatever it is that they can't access. If their problem is simply which hard drive is storing their docs, I don't know what to say.

Look at the Admin templates - network - Offline files. Also System - user profiles. All the settings you want most are here. Allow whatever it is you need to allow to satisfy these users.

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