Roaming Profiles on Workgroup
Posted on 2004-10-04
I have a question about roaming profile on WORKGROUP. Now, this concept clearly makes sense on a domain setting, but maybe not on workgroup in my opinion, which is why I ask here for clarification.
The reason this concept make sense on domain is that, a domain user account conceptually belongs to the domain, and is not fixed to any particular computer in the domain. In talking about the roaming profile, you also wants the profile to "move" across computer; i.e. not fixed to any particular computer. So they are a perfect match.
But for a workgroup .... Well, say there is a user named "fred", with a LOCAL user account also named "fred" on each of 5 computers on a workgroup. He wants to move among these computers and still use the same profile. How are you going to setup?
Say a remote share \\SERVER\PROFILES has already been created to store roaming profiles.
These 5 "fred" accounts are DIFFERENT (with different SID) even the names are the same. How can the permissions on \\SERVER\PROFILES be set? What about \\SERVER\PROFILES\fred? Would it be necessary to set FIVE set of permissions to each SID of these different "fred" account (which I can make sense anyway)?
Or should I simply create another "fred" user account on SERVER? What happens if I set a password different from those 5 "fred" accounts and then I log on?
What if now "fred" wants to move to a sixth computer? Any adjustment needed on the permissions of \\SERVER\PROFILES\fred?
I ask these questions because in my notes (for 70-210 exam) and various places on the Internet, LOCAL accounts are used. I guess it means roaming profiles can be used even on workgroup ...
Thanks for your help guys!