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Citrix Roaming Profile and Folder Redirection

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Hi,

I am new to the Citrix environment and having some difficulty trying to use roaming profile and folder redirection in Citrix.  Can someone help me with this?  Thanks in advance!

I have for Citrix server with load balancing for publish applications and a Domain Controller where users will be authenticated when they connect to Citrix farm.  On the DC there is a share folder for user roaming profiles, but for some reason it does not work.  When you users log on to the Citrix server (let say server 3) it will create a local profile on that Citrix server instead of using the roaming profile on the DC, when they log out any changes that made are lost when they log back into a different server.

Another problem is "My Document" folder redirection.  I used GPO to redirect "My Documents" folder on the server before and it worked fine, until we moved to Citrix that we having problem.  it does not keep the settings and pointing the "My Documents" folder to the local Citrix server under "Documents and Settings\username".  Also when users try to open a file from publish application (word, excel) it always point to ""Documents and Settings\username\My Documents" on the Citrix server where the user logged in instead of the central location on the FileServer.

Am I missing any step or what should I do?  Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated
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on the DC, under Active Directory there should be a tab for each user called "Terminal Services Profile".  In this tab you set the profile path and the home directory of the "My Documents" folder. Note that this "My Documents" folder must be accessible from all of your citrix servers (usually a separate file server).  Also note that even when setting up the Profile Path, each time a user logs onto one of the citrix servers, a folder WILL be created under documents and settings/username.  That is normal, but when they make any profile chagnes (i.e. create shortcuts on their desktop to folders or programs) it should change the profile so that these changes will take place no matter what server they log onto.

have you done any of this? and if so what are the paths for the Profile, and the Home Directory?
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thanks sre23,

I already did that the path for the profile which point to \\dc-server\profiles\%username% but it's not working properly, some user have their profile created on the Citrix server and using that profile instead of the centralize roaming profile on the dc-server (one example is we're using pop3 for our mail and the pst file is on the central location on the fileserver.  For some of the user we have to keep to run the setup for outlook every time they log on to different Citrix servers to point to the pst file on the server.)


For the home directory, I have not done it under the Terminal Service Profile since I have the GPO on the DC to redirect "My Documents" folder to \\Fileserv\Department\%username% but when user click "open" with in Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. it point them to the local "My Documents" on the Citrix server under "Documents and Settings\username\" .  As your suggestion which mean that it has to be entered for each user is there another solution since we have more than 200 users.  Any idea why?  Thanks!
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ahh, I see what you are saying with the My Documents folder pointing to the Documents and settings\username folder.  When you are in a program like Word or Excel those apps have their own settings for the default folder when you click "open"  If you open the program and click Tools > Options you should be able to change that, but I don't know how you would do that for ALL users at once.

For the profiles, is it working for some users?  If so then double check the profile settings for the people it is not working for, and also you might try to remove their local profiles on each citrix server, then have them log in and see if the roaming profile will become active.  If they already have a local profile it may be just using that rather than checking for the roaming profile.  That's all I can think of right now, just figured it's best to start with the basics.  

Let me  know how it goes
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