Profile Differences

Posted on 2006-05-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Can someone explain the differences of the Terminal server profiles and the regular profile path. I know the regular profile path is for roaming profiles but the TS profile path seems to be the same. I am using a TS environment.

Thanks, Mas
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    The TS Profiles are used for having profiles for use when logging into the Terminal Server as opposed to a users usual desktop environment.  This enables you as an administrator to load local applications/icons etc on a desktop PC without them being available (or at least the icons for them) when they log into a Terminal Server session.  This additionally prevents all the usual data being loaded in if not needed, such as My Documents (unless folder redirection is used), Start Menu items, Desktop Icons, Internet Explorer Favorites and Temporary Files, etc

    It gives you a clean slate when logging into a TS Session, so at the very least your Terminal Server doesn't become clogged up with Gigs of User Profile data.

    Finally, it too is a roaming profile, in the sense that the profile is not saved on the Termial Server itself (unless of course the path for the profile point to the Terminal Server) so when the users log off, they could log on to a different server and receive the same settings just like a 'normal' roaming profile.  If you don't specify the TS Profile path, and you use roaming profiles in your organisation then the normal roaming profile will be used as if the user were using their desktop PC.

    Hope that helps!

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    Thanks a lot. You pretty much confirmed what I thought but I needed someone to say it.
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    You're welcome!

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