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Roaming profiles with outlook 2003

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Allright, I have about 20 hosts running xp pro with a 2k3 server with exchange. I am in the process of setting roaming profiles up for everyone. The problem i am having is some of the profiles are huge. Some of the people connect tot the exchange server and their mailboxes are stored on the server but others are not. If I set them up with exchange and then copy their local profile to the network share will it work correctly? If you need more info to answer this please just ask. I am quite lost on this right now. Thanks
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Roaming profiles are evil things. I don't use them at all. Most of the "benefits" of a roaming profile can be achieved by group policy, folder redirects and scripts.

If your users are going to move around a lot, then I wouldn't bother with cached mode. Have the users connect to the server live. If you start trying to move OST or PST files around then you will become unpopular due to the slow login times. Don't forget that PSTs and OSTs being accessed over a LAN is not supported.

Simon.
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They aren't moving around a lot, just occassionally when an airconditoner dies or something like that.
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For occasional reasons I wouldn't bother with roaming profiles. Simply store all the key data on the server and setup the machines to configure themselves.

The hit you will take for deploying roaming profiles will far outweigh any benefits that it brings on the odd occasion when you do need to move someone.

Simon.
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