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Romaing Profile help with Windows XP Pro hosts and 2k3 Server

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Hi, I want to get everyone using roaming profiles and I just need alittle help to get over the edge. I ahve set up a test account first off. I created the account locally. Then logged in to the computer as an admin, then copied the test users profile to a folder on the network share. I went to active directory and put in the profiles address. I can logon to every computer on the network fine but my desktop icons are never the same on each computer. I made a test word document and put it in my documents which I will be doing folder redirection soon. But anyways that file is available when I logon to each computer. Also some of the accounts profiles already on the hosts do not give me the option to "copy to" another location. I ahve read a bunch of posts and other questions and have spent a lot of time on this. Thanks
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This guide i wrote earlier will cover making roaming profiles and users, and roaming home folders - all part of a complete roaming soltuion

First off - creating users.  Open AD (Users and computers, go to the "Users" container (users folder) and create new users.  You will need to fill in as many of the boxes as you can when going through the setup process

ok then.. profiles (oh joy!!)

You want roaming profiles...  On the server, create a share and call it "profiles"

Create a share called "profiles" (or equivilent) and create sulfolders for each user

if your users already have local profiles from pre-AD days,  copy and paste the C:\documents and settings\(username) folder from each machine to the server share.

Next, go into AD, Right Click Each user and go properties > Profile (tab)

In the "Profile Path" text box type \\server\profiles\profilefolder (obviously replace "server with servername", "Profiles" with profile share folder name and "profilefolder" with each users profile folder name)

This now means that which ever machine users log onto, their profiles will move with them and will be updated at each logoff.

Next - User areas.   EXTREMELY USEFUL!!

Again, create a share called "areas" (or equilelent) and create a sub folder for each user.

Dump the contents of "my documents" into them
go back to AD > user > right Click > properties > Profie.  Where it says "Home folder, Click "connect", choose a drive letter and then in "to:", type \\server\areas\username (again, replacing to use correct path)

get the users to sign on.  right click "my documents" > Properties > in the "target" textbox, type the \\server\areas\username path you typed into AD.

No when a user logs on, their my documents will go with them, but my documents will be forwarding to a drive (makes logon faster, gives better access to mydocs through the drive letter too)

When setting up the shares("profiles" and "areas"), give EVERYONE FULL ACCESS!!!  then in the sub folders for each user, restrict access to yourself, the user and any other admins.  also grant "administrator" and "system" full access to

if your users were p2p, they would have had local admin rights.  i suggest you keep that too.  Go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Advanced > Advanced > select user groups in the popup window and grant "domain users" local administrator priveledges.

Ben
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Allright, now if soemone could answer my question about the desktop icons being different each time that would help.
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I figured out the desktop icons problem. On each host there was icons in the all users folder in documents and setting on the local c drive. So I just deleted those icons and now when I logon anywheres my screen looks the same. Thanks for the help.
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