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How to make sure user history is copied to the server with roaming profiles?

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My problem (in a nutshell) is this. We have a network of XP machines and Win server 2003.

All the user profiles are roaming. Our Group Policy is configured so that when users log off succesfully the cached profile on the local machine is deleted (for security and to save space)

I need to check the Internet History of a specific user, but it seems that as the IE History is classed as a 'local' setting, this is not copied back to the server... Is this correct? Is the history of a user copied to the server when they log off? If not, is there a setting I can change to make this happen? If it is copied to the server, how do you recommend viewing the history?

Answers/suggestions much appreciated!
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by:sirbounty
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If it's not excluded, it is included by default.

Check in the policy under  User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> User Profiles
Anything in "Exclude directories in roaming profile"

If not, look in their profile's Local Settings\History folder (Local Settings is usually hidden, so you may need to show all files from Tools/Options/View)
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by:grjitdept
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Ok we're getting somewhere now - checked the roaming profile folder and the local settings are definitely not saved to the server.

Checked the Group Policy settings - nothing defined where you said, HOWEVER, I noticed from reading the text that explained the 'Exclude directories in roaming profile' setting, that the history, local settings, temp and temporary internet files are all excluded by DEFAULT.

So my question now is - how would I override the default settings and specify that I wanted to copy the history with the roaming profile?
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Well now, I've learned something.. :^)

Perhaps simply include something like this in their login script:

xcopy "%userprofile%\local settings\history" h:\history
(where h: is their mapped home share) - you can also substitute for \\server\share\%username%\history

and you may have to head the script off with
if not exist h:\history md h:\history
to ensure the folder is created first
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