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Roaming profiles slow to sync over VPN

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My IT guys have recently activated roaming profiles on our office SBS server.  However, when I VPN in from my home from my Vista Business laptop, everything takes forever and I think that this is because of the endless syncing that is occurring.  Can I deactivate the roaming profile syncing for this specific PC or is there another solution?  Thanks.  
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by:Rob Williams
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Are you also using re-directed folders such as my documents? If so, often that is what is so slow. You could disable automatic syncing of the offline files on the PC:
My computer | on the menu bar Tools | Folder options | Offline files
| disable syncing at logon and log off.
You can then still sync manually.

A better option might be to administer through group policy, on the domain controller. There is a policy that will detect slow links and give the user the option to use a locally cached copy of their profile:
Computer configuration | Administrative templates | system | user profiles | Prompt user when slow link is detected
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by:Mike London
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Thanks, Rob.  Sorry - where do I find computer config... on the server?  Thanks.
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by:Rob Williams
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Within group policy.
You can start the standard group policy editor by entering  gpedit.msc   in the start/run box. But, an easier way to view and manage your policies is with the group policy management console, a free download from Microsoft. It is started by entering in the start/run box   gpmc.msc   If you don't already have it you can download from:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0A6D4C24-8CBD-4B35-9272-DD3CBFC81887&displaylang=
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by:Mike London
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Hi Rob,

I've downloaded that utility, thank you, but I cannot find the setting to adjust.  Sorry to trouble you again.  Thanks for your guidance.  Micky.
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Rob Williams earned 2000 total points
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Hi Micky, no problem at all, that is what we are here for.
If you are not familiar with group policy I would recommend doing some reading. It is an amazing tool but can be as complex as Windows itself. However, you don't have to know a whole lot to get started. Following is a brief introductory to the management console:
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Group-Policy-Management-Console.html
One thing to keep in mind is you are applying security policies. It is possible to lock yourself out. Just be very careful applying policies to the OU that contains your account.

To answer your question, I’ll assume you are not familiar with Group Policy and start with a mile high overview:
-Group policies are customized policies applied to a given OU (organizational Unit), an object container, to make changes to the computers or users with-in that OU.
-First you need to have an OU to which you will apply the policy. Your policy “Computer configuration…..” applies to computers, so it will be an OU containing Computers. You can use your primary OU, but for test purposes you may want to create a sub-set of computers for testing. To do so in Active Directory Users and Computers, right click on the Computer OU and choose New | Organizational unit | and give it a name like test computers.
-From here you can create the policy, but to be consistent in how you create, edit, and manage policies use the GPMC (Group Policy Management Console). Open it | find the new OU | right click on it and choose “create and Link a GPO here” | give it a name such as Mobile Policy | your policy will appear below the OU | right click on it and choose edit | now you are ready to modify the policy settings
-In the Window that opened, the GPO Editor, locate the policy by expanding (click on ‘+’ ) Computer configuration (may be expanded) | then Administrative templates | system | and user profiles
-In the right hand window you will now see the various policies. Locate “prompt user when slow link is detected” | right click on it and choose properties | select enabled | and apply | you are done, close the GPO Editor
-You can make as many policy changes as you like with-in this one policy
-Now if you want to view the polices affected by your new “Mobile Policy”, in the GPMC click on the policy in the left window | in the right window select the settings tab | the click show all
-Last step. Policies are refreshed/updated, by default, every 5 minutes on the server, and every 90 minutes on workstations. You will not see the policy change for up to 90 minutes. You can however force it to update immediately by running, on the XP/Vista workstation, from a command line;
  gpupdate  /force
If by any chance you need to do so on a Windows 2000 box use the secedit command but see the following http://support.microsoft.com/kb/227448
The computer must be connected to the domain for the policy changes to be applied.

Good luck with it. Hopes this helps with applying the policy.
Cheers !
--Rob
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by:Rob Williams
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Thanks Micky,
Cheers !
--Rob
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