Move roaming profiles to a new volume

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-20

I am running a SBS 2003 wtih Exchange with roaming profiles and I am  running out of space on the root.  My profiles are stored on the root, is there a way to either move some of the users to a new volume or when I add/create a new user. can they  go to this volume?

So, can I just create a new "profile-2" folder on the volume I want  and when the user is created point their proflie path to this?  


Thanks for the help.

Question by:tradomski
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    logoff the specified users....move the folder...and change the profiepath in active directory

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    That was easy.  Thank you.
    Now when I go to move the files I need to change permissions so I can move them, but what is happening is the profile is getting corrupted.  Why is that and what am I doing wrong?

    Thank you.
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    If your users are logging on to Windows XP workstations, then XP will complain if the 'owner' of the profile is not the actual user logging on. If you have had to take 'ownership' of the profiles in order to copy them, then they will no longer be owned by the original users and XP will complain.

    There are two possible solutions

    1 - Change the 'owner' back to the original owner of the profile. Be sure to propagate the change down to all files/folders.

    2 - Modify XP behaviour such that it does not check for ownership of the profile. If you have an Active Directory environment, you can set a group policy to do this. The policy you need to set is under Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, User Profiles and is called 'Do not check for ownership of Roaming Profile folders'. While you are there, you might also like to set the 'Add the Administrators group to roaming user profiles' policy. This will make cause any newly created roaming profiles to have the Administrators group added to the ACL so that copying is much easier!
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    by:Malli Boppe
    How are moving the profiles.Use Windows NT backup or robocopy source destination /copyall
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    hi think arbittion is almost right in this point.. but some more point to highlight in that . i am not sure if we need to take the owner shipof the file when you are moving the profile. once you have moved you need to then take ownership of the file the reason is because whenever the user are first created the profile assigns hiding rights to them as the ful owner of the profile . so now you have changed the location you need to give them full rights that is full control and then also select the option propogate the permisssions to the child . and make sure you also remove the inheriting permissions just to be safe.
    Once you have move make sure you also change the location of the user roaming profile in your batch file
    But i was in your position i will first do a test like say may be you can move your profile first and see for few days for any user relating issues if no issues then you can go ahead to move the profile to the new location.

    Hope this helps
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    or create a script with the tools xcalcs, so u can set permissions automatically!
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    I haven't played with roaming profiles since the NT days so just a question here.  Why can't you just point the user object to the new location?  (ensure the user is logged out first)  If the user's profile is stored on the local drive won't it be copied to the new server on logout?  Of course this assumes that you are allowing the workstation to keep cached copies of user profiles.

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