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Change default location of user profiles in Server 2008

Can I change the default location of user profiles on my terminal services 2008 server? I know I can use folder redirection in AD and roaming profiles...but I'm curious if I can change the C:\Users folder to E:\Users ? I'm against this idea entirely, but the in house IT manager at this particular client is wanting to do that....
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Sure you can, the reason for moving from the c:\ drive to any other drive is the c:\ drive is normally the system drive and you dont want that filling up.
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BrettAMairAuthor Commented:
For points, would like like to give me the instructions on completing this?
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tigermattCommented:

The only easy way to do what you want is to locate the C:\Users folder at a different location during the installation process. Trying to move that folder after Windows is installed becomes incredibly difficult since it is strongly tied into the OS from the first boot of the system. It can be done, as described at http://joshmouch.wordpress.com/2007/04/07/change-user-profile-folder-location-in-vista/, but it is a complex procedure which will cause serious issues if it goes wrong.

If it were me, rather than reinstalling the server from scratch or risking breaking the profiles folder, I would:

*Implement Roaming Profiles or TS Roaming Profiles, and store the roaming profile share on the E:\ drive.
*Configure the Group Policy which deletes cached copies of Roaming Profiles at logoff

This way, although the profile would be copied to C:\Users for the duration of a user's session, that would just be a cache. At log off, the main profile would be updated to E:\Users, and then the copy on C:\Users would be deleted. This will still conserve plenty of space on drive C:\ and is a very simple yet effective solution to implement.

-Matt
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MightySWCommented:
Please help me with this... So if we didn't assist then you wouldn't give the points?

Matt, isn't there a rule against this?
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MightySWCommented:
I mean, if we did assist completely...

I would think that the rules of EE would cover it.
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tigermattCommented:
Hey MightySW,

I guess it ultimately depends on how you interpret the Author's comment above. But yes, in general, if a solution is provided, points must be awarded. I believe in this case, the author was just asking for clarification as to the steps for carrying out the move of the profile folder.

We can get a Moderator in here if you wish, though. ;-)

-Matt
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MightySWCommented:
Naa, I just thought it was weird.
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