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Hi All,

I am in the process of provisioning a branch office for a client. They want to be able to roam seemlessly to this office, with no noticable difference in system usage. This is fine, a replicated dc is in place and a sturdy frame-relay 1mb link back to the headoffice is ample bandwidth.

My issue is with profile path's. I have a data replication process in place that syncronises data down to this server. I altered the profile path for all users to %LOGONSERVER%\Profile$%\etc etc, which would of course in theory reference the local server and return the profile. This appeared to work however I recieved word that a good amount of users (approx 40-50) had profile errors upon logging on this morning... I of course tested at the branch but not at the headoffice after making profile path changes, however I do not see any reason (other than if I spelt the path wrong) of it not working.

My question is, can I effectively use variables in the user profile path?

Thank you in advance!
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Yes.
But, in your case: do you have more than one domain controller? If so, those profiles must be replicated (along with shares) to all domain controllers, if you use the %logonserver% variable!
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Hi Redwulf, thanks for the prompt response!

Yep, replicated domain server at branch office, all data shares are also replicated, so essentially with logon script with logonserver variable and profile path with the same, fully seemless site. If it worked.

Thank you for confirming for me, I'll give it another try.

Dave.
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Active Directory God!!!!!
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Best solution would be to replicate the profiles/home folders using DFS to all sites, and use the DFS path in the user account settings, for instance:
\\mydomain.local\data\profiles\%username%
because sometimes a logon will be processed by a DC in another site, but DFS will always redirect the client to the replica in the local site (if available)
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