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If I have 2 terminals servers running and I plan on using one of them as a backup to the main server.   Is it possible to synronize the profiles.   There is nothing stored on the terminal server except for these.   All of the data is on other servers.  I was hoping to find a simpler solution to clustering as it seems complicated.

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Just use the "Terminal Server Profile" path in each user's Active Directory object. It will store the profile on the server in the location you set, then will drag it in as needed...

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are you saying that I can store the porfiles on my domain controller.   If so I would I get the ones that already exist there...  

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You can store them on any fileserver.

I have a client that has roaming profiles for their XP desktops, and seperate profiles for the terminal server.

Set the "terminal server profile" on each user to \\servername\sharename\%username%

I actually user \\servername\tsprofile$\%username%

The sharename with the $ sets it as invisible, so noone can browse it  unintentionally. I keep userlevel security on each user's profile.

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That's great ... exactly what i want... those that already have profiles ... will they be copied to the new location automatically?
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Yeah.

You may need to create each user's folder individually, just an empty folder that they have write access to. You could also copy the whole terminal server \documents and settings\ folder to the server, then set up the permissions from there. Either way, there's a bit of manual labor involved.

When they log in they look to the profile folder first, then the local docs & settings folder. The remote profile will win if there is one of each.

When they log off the profile is written back to the server, ready for next time.

Oh, the other thing I do is user folder redirection to move the "my Documents" folder to a different path on the server as well. This prevents it being copied around willy-nilly...

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oops ... I hit average by acident ..   I meant excellent...  hope that does not mess up your rating..   awesome answer
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It's OK. You can request a regrade in the community suppot forum.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/

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what about the all users profile...  where will it be read from?
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one more thing... it tested this and it works great... howover is it supposed to write it back the the local server as well.   That is what it appers to do.   I made a change to my desktop and it was reflected on the remote profile as well as the local.

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All users and default user are read from the local source, but they're easy to maintain.

The local copy of each user's profile is overwritten when you log in. Changes are made locally, then uploaded to the server when you log out. This prevents constant network traffic while you are logged in just for the little reg changes etc.

It's worth mentioning this - users MUST log off. Using the disconnect button will not allow changes to flow through to the profile - they'll be kept local and potentially overwritten by a different session.

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