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adjusting roaming profiles

Can anyone tell me which folders to have GP copy on a romaing profile to make sure the user has there outlook configured to the exchange server and any mapped network drives set up when they log onto a diffrent computer. I would also like the desktop and favorite places to copy also.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I'm not sure I understand what you're asking.  When you set up roaming profiles, by default all of the profile folders EXCEPT for the "Local Settings" folder and its subfolders are included in the roaming profile, as well as the user's HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive from the registry.  This would include the Application Data folder and its subfolders, where the Outlook profile is stored, so the user's Outlook settings travel with him/her.  The same would be true for the desktop settings and favorites and any manually-created, persistent drive mappings (assuming there isn't a network login or local startup script that removes them).  Does that answer your question?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
are you using folder redirection or roaming profiles? you will need to clarify due to the wording of your Q...hypercat has pretty much summed up raming profiles, folder redirection is a completely different kettle of fish
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redvipergtsAuthor Commented:
I Know that the application folder is copied. I have had programs that dump there cache in there folder that is in application data which makes the profile get bigger and bigger. What should the average roaming profile size typically be? In GP it has a default of 3mb when you setup to notify users of profile size. I have users that have 14 to 16MB profiles because of certain folders in there application data folder. I am not using redirected folders at this time.
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redvipergtsAuthor Commented:
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Im going to look into your link when i get a second. it looks like i might try that also. Is it best to use a combination of folder redirection and roaming profiles for users that move around alot?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I don't think 14-16MB is an outrageously large profile.  In a Win2K3/WinXP environment it's generally not a problem because the system only updates changed files rather than always copying the entire profile back and forth during logon/logoff. My own personal profile is much larger than this (around 220MB), due to some of the applications I run. Even so, I don't have an unusually long wait during logon.  

I use a combination of roaming profiles and redirection.  I use redirection generally only for the My Documents folder - to get it out of the roaming profile completely.  In your case if you're really worried about the size of the application data folder, you could use folder redirection for the Application Data folder in combination with roaming profiles for the remaining profile folders.
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redvipergtsAuthor Commented:
Well i have multiple branches that are tied together back to the main office with 1mb atm lines. So if i have 30 users at each branch trying to logon is it trying to copy 15mb for each user or like your saying it only copys changed files?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
As long as you're using a combo of WinXP and Win2003 server, only the changed files in the profile would be copied back and forth.  However, for Win2000 server I know that it copied the entire profile.  I'm not sure about Win2000 workstation with Win2K3 server - that might also copy all of the files every time. In your case you might not want to use folder redirection, because if you redirected My Docs, for example, users would see a delay in opening any files in that folder because they would be going back to the server and downloading them rather than having them locally.  

You can, however, EXCLUDE certain folders from the roaming profile.  So, for example, if you find that your profiles are large because users have documents stored in their My Documents folder, you can exclude that folder from roaming with the profile.  Of course, this would mean that those documents wouldn't be backed up, unless you have a way of backing up the workstations at the branches. In case you're not familiar with this setting in GP, it's at User Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles/Exclude Directories in Roaming Profile.
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