Roaming Profiles & VPN`s

Posted on 2007-07-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Is it possible to store profiles at the far end of a VPN.

I have a 2003 X64 server in London and a router to router VPN to Wakefield.  The workstations at Wakefield use the servers in London as though they were in the same office, except I removed the roaming profiles due to speed issues.  I have been looking at windows 2003 storage servers such as the iomega 250d with rev.  Would this enable me to store the profiles locally.  I did try to put them on a bufallo NAS device locally but the AD support on them has major problems.   Although I don`t actually know if the appliaction is possible.  Can anyone point me in the right direction with this?

Question by:stantechsvcs
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    In the Properties of the user's AD account you specify where their roaming profile is stored, you can effectively point this to wherever you want, assuming the location is a network location and the user can access it (eg. can resolve it in DNS and has the correct permissions).

    I'm not sure what size the site in question is, but it sounds to me like you'd be better off putting a second Windows 2003 Server there as a local Domain Controller and Global Catalogue server.  It could host the roaming profiles and do local authentication, speeding up the logon/authentication process and allowing them do some work in the event the VPN goes down.  You've obviously already got CALs, so all you need is an entry level server and a Windows 2003 Server license.

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    Thanks Zenith63 I think that a server will be more flexible if I can fit one in the space available.  On the domain at head office I already have 1 AD and 1 Replica AD and they are both global catalogue servers.  Is there a limit as to how many AD`s and GC`s there can be in one domain?

    Do you think that the reason it didn`t work on the NAS device was because it was not a member of the domain?  The folder etc.... was accessible from the server at head office and the worstations.


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