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Roaming profiles best practises

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I am finding difficulties maintaining a healthy users profiles, their profile is set to ROAMING. I'm using this setup because they move from PC to another as they work (using workstations with WinNT4/Win2k/WinXP with MS Office2000/OfficeXP), the user profile should have: A Outlook setup with the right MS Exchange server; A shortcut to user home directory; A connection to a shared printer.
I've set a gpo to limit the profile size to 20mb, map network drive & redirect home directory, added a script to add that network printer. THAT WHAT I WAS ABLE TO DO !

What is the best practices for this, to prevent profile problems?  
Thanks in advance
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Using roaming profiles across NT and XP/2000 can be problematic, in my experience.  

Anyway, it sounds like you've done the major stuff already with the folder redirection and login script.
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True, I still need to manage this Outlook profile creation right, I need someone to explain the concept for me, taking into consideration: if the user is new, and what happens otherwise. and if its a good idea to save that .pst file in his network share or not.
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One thing you could do for auto-creation of MAPI profiles on each workstation the user logs in to is to put a PRF file in their home directory and instruct them to launch it when they log in to a new workstation for the first time.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308300
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;147352

If their mail is stored on the Exchange server, you don't necessarily need a PST file.  But, if you are going to use them, then yes it should be in the home directory.
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Yes, the mailboxes are stored on the exchange server, and we are not using the Personal folder that I think uses the .pst file and is created on the local hard disk, isn't that right?

Our policy is to save everything on the exchange server, and we have educated the users to manage their mailboxes well (maintain a light weight mailbox) and that is going well with us
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